Choking on the acrid smoke
Lips dry and parched
Eyes stinging, bloodshot
Staring at the devastation
By armies in bunker gear
All for naught
With a change in the wind
Flames creeping closer
Everything becomes fuel
Historic houses engulfed
And moments away
Leaving only sorrow
Large Forest Fires
A Large Fire, as defined by the National Wildland Coordinating Group, is any wildland fire in timber 100 acres or greater and 300 acres or greater in grasslands/rangelands or has an Incident Management Team assigned to it. These fires are tracked by the US Forest Service and can be viewed online at their website.
The Active Fire Mapping Program is an operational, satellite-based fire detection and monitoring program managed by the USDA Forest Service Remote Sensing Applications Center (RSAC) located in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Active Fire Mapping program provides near real-time detection and characterization of wildland fire conditions in a geospatial context for the continental United States, Alaska, Hawaii and Canada. Detectable fire activity across all administrative ownerships in the United States and Canada are mapped and characterized by the program.
By understanding where fires are burning and what potential they have for destruction of property and disruption of life, the proper resources can be allocated to fight them.
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