NorthTree Fire Intel

NorthTree GIS delivers cutting-edge mapping, situation assessment, and pre-fire planning services. We provide onsite planning and operations support during large wildfires and other major disasters, and use GIS technology to map fire hazard on ranches, private timberlands, and in the Wildland Urban Interface.

This page aggregates a variety of online wildfire intel tools into a single portal. Many of the data sources below work best using the Google Earth program.

Download all the data below as one Google Earth overlay.

Featured Wildfire Map - Station Fire

Up-to-date fire perimeters uploaded from GIS mapping specialists working on large, active wildfires. This data comes to us courtesy of the Interagency GeoMac Website.

Individual fire polygons can be downloaded here.

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The map below shows recent heat detections from NASA's MODIS satellite. Click on the icons for time of capture. Subtract 7 hours from UTC time to get local Pacific Time.

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Radar Imagery for Northern Sierra Nevada Mountains

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Wildcad Dispatch Center Information

The maps below are a product of the Wildcad Dispatching System. NorthTree is not responsible for the content - we display this info because we are techie, like to know what is going on across the west, and wanted to feature the great content created by Bighorn Information Systems' Wildcad Dispatching System. Thanks to our fellow geeks at Bighorn for designing the tools that create the data that we display below.

Click here to view this information in Google Earth. (You may have to "Save As" the file to your computer and then open it in Google Earth.

California Wildcad Reports

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Pacific Northwest Wildcad Reports

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Great Basin Wildcad Reports

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Montana/South Dakota/Wyoming Wildcad Reports

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Minnesota/Michigan Wildcad Reports

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New Mexico Wildcad Reports

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Arizona Wildcad Reports

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Colorado Wildcad Reports

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About NorthTree GIS

NTFI's GIS team draws upon the knowledge base of a diverse group of individuals with expertise in:

Some examples of our work

NEW! Sacramento River Watershed Digital Atlas
Virtual Wildfire Tours
View photo gallery of 2007 NTFI Mapping Season
More info on NTFI Mobile Mapping Facilites

Incident Mapping Professionals

NorthTree GIS began in 1999 as a emergency response mapping service providing onsite GIS mapping equipment and techs to Incident Management Teams responding to large Western wildfires. Since then we have worked on some of the largest wildfires in American history. Our fire maps compile information from any number of sources including: people on the ground, helicopter GPS, infrared overflight, and sometimes, just a line drawn in Sharpie on an old topographic map. We take in intel until about midnight on most fire assignments, get infrared data around 2-3 a.m. (if we're lucky), and have 50-100 full size maps printed by the time people show up for a 6 a.m. briefing.

Working wildfires has taught us good stress mangement, rock-solid file management, and a lot about how to work with people on tight deadlines. Now that we have diversified into non-emergency GIS work, we like to think that these skills set us apart - that our emergency-response skills can help keep your non-emergency project from turning into one.

NorthTree GIS techs designed maps used to brief President Bush during the 2003 Cedar Fire, in San Diego County.

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Cedar Fire GIS Deployment Image Gallery

A History of Performance

NTFI Mapping Specialists share thousands of hours experience providing innovative mapping solutions for Incident Management and Burned Area Emergency Rehabilitation Teams during the following major incidents: