Archive fires for Indonesia

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The archived NASA active fire locations display NASA active fire alerts from January 2013 to the present, for Indonesia. The Fire Information for Resource Management System (FIRMS) delivers global MODIS-derived hotspots and fire locations. The active fire locations represent the center of a 1-kilometer pixel that is flagged by the MOD14/MYD14 Fire and Thermal Anomalies Algorithm as containing one or more fires within the pixel.

The near real-time active fire locations are processed by the NASA Land and Atmosphere Near Real-Time Capability for EOS (LANCE) using the standard MODIS Fire and Thermal Anomalies product (MOD14/MYD14). Data older than the past 7 days can be obtained from the Archive Download Tool. The tool provides near real-time data and, as it becomes available and is replaced with the standard NASA (MCD14ML) fire product.

More information on active fire data is available from the NASA FIRMS website.


Not all fires are detected. There are several reasons why MODIS may not have detected a certain fire. The fire may have started and ended between satellite overpasses. The fire may have been too small or too cool to be detected in the (approximately) 1 square kilometer pixel. Cloud cover, heavy smoke, or tree canopy may completely obscure a fire.

It is not recommended to use active fire locations to estimate burned area due to spatial and temporal sampling issues.

When zoomed out, this data layer displays some degree of inaccuracy because the data points must be collapsed to be visible on a larger scale. Zoom in for greater detail.


Citation:NASA FIRMS. “NASA Fire Information for Resource Management System (FIRMS).” Accessed on [date].earthdata.nasa.gov/data/near-real-time-data/firms.


Suggested citation for data as displayed on GFW:“NASA Active Fires.” NASA FIRMS. Accessed through Global Forest Watch on [date]. www.globalforestwatch.org.


Page Last Updated: July 25, 2017

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