On the watch for potential fires


The threat of catastrophic wildfires is increasing with each year. To help plan and prepare for potential fire response, PG&E is working with the University of Wisconsin's Space Science and Engineering Center to provide this fire detection tool for our customers and communities.


The data on the fire detection map below is from a series of satellites including the NOAA/NASA Geosynchronous satellites, GOES-16 and GOES-17. In addition, PG&E receives fire detection data from four other polar-orbiting satellites carrying highly sensitive instruments ("MODIS" or "VIIRS"). Using the map below, you can view potential-fire detection data provided by these six satellites as they monitor the state of California from space.


Each satellite has unique detection and data-refresh capabilities. To view the most complete information about a specific potential fire, select all satellite data available. Please note: The satellites update information at different intervals: GOES satellite detections refresh about every five minutes while MODIS and VIIRS refresh a few times per day.


The map includes other useful information such as current weather station information like wind speed and temperature, wind trajectory lines, real-time images from high-resolution cameras around the state and current satellite images from GOES-17 of clouds and possible smoke plumes. To learn more about how we monitor the weather, visit PG&E weather awareness.

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The information displayed on and available through this webpage is intended only to use as a tool to analyze and visualize data. It is not intended to be used as a decision-making tool and PG&E assumes no responsibility for errors or omissions. Under no circumstances should the data and modeling products of the map be used for reporting fires by the media, public or others, unless provided to media by public safety officials.

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