As the summer fire season approaches, I decided to take another look at integrating current fire activity with CalTopo. There’s a wealth of government supplied fire information out there, and I’ve long thought about integrating this into a custom source that plays well with CalTopo’s other map layers. When the MODIS layer I’d previously been using went down and stayed offline for several months, it gave me the nudge I needed.
Edit: Shortly after this post, Southern California saw a bout of fire activity, unfortunately giving me an opportunity to put the RSAC data through its paces. Due to the time lag between satellite passes and their shapefile updates, I’ve switched to a new NASA Source which still includes temperature observations.