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Wildfire - Current Risk, US and Canada (v2.0)

Description

This is a daily dataset for the US and Canada capturing the current risk from wildfires for the next 1-3 days using a blend of climatic and vegetative fuel information.

Categories:
wildfire, usa, canada, risk, fuel, regional, hazard, vegetation, fire, current
Temporal Extent:
2023-06-08 to 2023-06-11
Region:
US and Canada
Resolution:
100 meters
Product Version:
2.0

Technical Description

The Current Wildfire Risk provides a current look at the wildfire risk for the next 3 days across the US and Canada. An extensive record of historical fire weather information is used to identify anomalously high fire weather conditions in daily forecasts of fire weather, which are combined with our proprietary fuel layer to produce a scored risk value. The values range from 0 - 100 representing low to extreme fire risk. The spatial scale of this data is 100 m/pixel and new forecasts are produced daily. Cropland and agricultural areas are masked from this dataset, but the risk scores are still calculated at the urban-wildland interface.

This Current Risk layer looks at the maximum of the daily wildfire risk scores across the region for the next 1-3 days.

This dataset contains the following fields:

  • risk_index: The maximum daily wildfire risk score at that location for the next 1-3 days. The values range from 0-100 representing low to extreme fire risk.
  • risk_category: The maximum daily wildfire risk score at that location for the next 1-3 days. The values range from 0-4 representing low to extreme fire risk. These are categorized risk_index values, where observations of historical fires have been used to build a classification system into Low, Moderate, High, Very High, and Extreme risk categories.