NRT MODIS data and imagery enable people on the ground, including those responsible for mobilizing fire-fighting resources around the world, detailed information about the locations of fires.
Potentially useful data sets: MODIS Fire and Thermal Anomalies (day and night), MODIS Corrected Reflectance True Color and Bands 7-2-1, Aerosol Optical Depth, Land Surface Temperature (day and night)
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Note: LANCE's Fire Information for Resource Management System (FIRMS) provides access to current and archived MODIS fire locations through an interactive web mapping interface, Web Fire Mapper. FIRMS also provides a free fire email alert service and options to download fire data in vector formats.
Since the end of December 2012, hundreds of bushfires have ranged through Australia. Some of the worst struck Tasmania in at the begining of January 2013. Read more at NASA's Earth Observatory.