Wildfires & Geography

The purpose of this page is to provide articles and resources to geography teachers that can add to discussions and lessons plans that focus on wildfires and the impact of climate change on Colorado. If you have suggestions of additions to this resource, please email us at coga@uccs.edu.


Flash Point: Living with Wildfire:

In the wake of last year's destructive wildfires, Colorado's residents, scientists, and government officials have been working hard to manage the ongoing threat. We're not only mitigating our landscapes; we're adapting our very understanding of what it means to reside within reach of mountain forests. Join KRCC News for "Flash Point," a special series produced by Andrea Chalfin and Michelle Mercer on how wildfire is changing life in Colorado.

From the "Colorado Matters" radio series on CPR:Funding to Protect Homes and Water Supply in Burn Zones - The bill Congress just passed to avoid a government shutdown includes almost $18 million for recovery efforts at two of last summer's massive wildfires in Colorado. . .

Does Colorado Need An Aerial Fleet To Fight Fires? - It's only the first day of spring, but Colorado's wildfire season has already begun. . .

Scorched Summers: Tourism Takes a Hit - Wildfires leave a scar on the land, but they can also leave a long-lasting impression with tourists. . .

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Good policy and good intentions won't stop big wildfires - According to the Forest Service, last year wildfires were allowed to consume built-up fuels on about 152,000 acres nationwide. . .

INCIWEB IconInciWeb, the Incident Information Portal - InciWeb contains a listing of all fires burning nationally, including proscribed burns and burned areas, along with wildfires currently being fought.  Also includes announcements, closures, and maps related to the fires.  Extremely useful tool for keeping track of all the fires burning during this fire season.


Miscellaneous  Collected Fire Resources:



Wildfires and Geographic Information Science

These sites explore wildfire education through cutting-edge geospatial technology and satellite imagery. An excellent compliment to any GIS unit exploring an important topic in Colorado.

Wildfire Mapping Image

ESRI Disaster Response Program

View a continuously updated map of US wildfire locations, perimeters, fire potential areas, global burn areas, and precipitation. See the real-time effects of the fires via social media posts. Wildfire Map and Satellite Images

National Earth Observatory

National Earth Observatory Global Maps

The fire maps show the locations of actively burning fires around the world on a monthly basis, based on observations from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite NASA Global Fire Map