ArcGIS Living Atlas

2021 USA Wildfires Live Feed Update

Last year Esri updated the wildfire live feed hosted in the Living Atlas for the United States.  This service leverages the Integrated Reporting of Wildland-Fire Information (IRWIN) location database along with the polygon perimeters from the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC).  View the live feed here.

Since publishing, this layer has been viewed over 82 million times and was used extensively during the record setting 2020 fire season.

USA Wildfire Feed Views

The ArcGIS Living Atlas and Disaster Response teams have updated this layer with additional incident age fields as well as changes to the cartography

New Fields

The new fields added to Current_Incidents point layer and  Current_Perimeters polygon layer are Integer fields that calculate the ‘Days Since…’ the incident record was created and modified. These fields are computed when the data is updated, reflecting the current number of days since each record was last updated.

Updated Cartography

Wildfire Feed 2020 to 2021

This live feed is updated every 15 minutes using the Aggregated Live Feed Methodology based on the following filters:


Map of USA Wildfires
USA Wildfires April 21, 2021

View only the data you need

There are many ways you can adjust this layer to display what you need. Let’s say for example you are only interested in showing where prescribed fires are located. The animation below walks you through the process of applying a filter to only view the category of ‘Prescribed Fires’ (RX). Apply this same process to other fields as needed to focus your map based on your needs.

Apply Wildfire Rx Filter
Apply a filter to view only prescribed fires

See the additional blog articles below for more resources and ideas related to creating your own wildfire map.

Esri’s Disaster Response Program (DRP)

If you are working on an incident and need assistance or want to see examples related to a variety of other incident types visit the DRP website. The DRP assists organizations responding to disasters or crises worldwide. When you need help quickly, Esri can provide data, software, configurable applications, and technical support for your emergency GIS operations. We’re here to ensure you get the help you need to understand the situation, make better decisions, and respond more effectively during a crisis.

About the authors

Fern was the wildland fire specialist on Esri's Public Safety team. She has worked professionally in forestry and wildland fire GIS for 20 years.


With over two decades of GIS experience Emily has mapped elephants in Thailand, wildlife poachers in the Republic of Palau, land use related issues around Yosemite National Park, and active wildfire incidents for the State of California. Presently she is a Senior Product Engineer and Cartographer with the ArcGIS Living Atlas of the World where she styles and designs layers, maps, and apps with the Environment Team. When not making maps, she is a true geographer and loves traveling with her family.

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