With this tool from NASA, you can see all the active fires in the world on your mobile

2022-10-31 10:57:17
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cigarette butt, a spark, a badly extinguished bonfire or, simply, human action are some possible causes that can cause a fire. If we add to that the scarcity of water and the high temperatures of summer, we already have the perfect combination for the risk of fire to multiply throughout the country.

If you live in a prone area or are just curious, you may want to know which fires are active in real time from your mobile phone. To do this, you have the option of consulting it on Google Maps or using the tool that NASA makes available to any citizen. We tell you what it is and how you can access it.

Thermal anomalies seen from space

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NASA's Fire Information System for Resource Management (FIRMS) displays near real-time active fire data thanks to satellite observation from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) and the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS). MODIS works with a spatial resolution of one pixel per kilometer, while each VIIRS pixel represents 375 meters.

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The data collected by this system are made publicly available from NASA's website, where we can see a map with red squares representing the thermal anomalies or active fires detected by satellites.

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It should be borne in mind, however, that these anomalies may also be due to hot smoke, agricultural activities or other sources such as volcanoes or gas flares. In addition, NASA warns that clouds can hinder those fire detections and darken certain areas.

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That said, simply zoom in and scroll through it to check which hot spots are currently active. The website itself allows you to consult data on the outbreaks registered in the last 24 hours or even throughout the week.

It also offers a history to check its evolution, a tool to measure, a function to make captures, the option to share the map on social networks, etc.

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Viewing maps in GeaMap

This same active fire map is also available through Geamap, which has developed its own global scale plan with information collected by NASA satellites. Here we can also access different visualization modes (topographical, satellite, etc.) and a tool to measure