ArcGIS Living Atlas

Mapping High Winds and Wildfires

All eyes are fixed on the fires burning in California – both in the north near Sonoma and in the south near Los Angeles. Strong winds are only making conditions worse. Luckily for those looking to tracking these rapidly changing conditions, ArcGIS Living Atlas of the World provides access to some of the most authoritative data for keeping up-to-date on the situation.

Here are some of the Live Feeds layers that may be useful for fire weather tracking. A more comprehensive list of Live Feeds is available here.

web app for wind and fire conditions in the USA
Click the image to launch the app.

I have built some of these layers into a shared web map and Time Aware application. If you’re using the web map, you’ll need to edit the time settings so that that wind gust forecast displays properly.

Also, don’t forget to update your maps with the latest versions of Live Feeds that were released in summer 2019.

About the author

Dan leads development of ArcGIS Living Atlas of the World environmental content, which includes information about Earth's land, ocean, atmosphere, and ecosystems. Prior to Esri, Dan worked at NOAA for two decades, leading data visualization efforts for research, communications, and education.

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