Wildfires & Geography


Wildfires & Geography

The purpose of this page is to provide articles and resources to geography teachers that can add to discussions and lessons plans that focus on wildfires and the impact of climate change on Colorado. If you have suggestions of additions to this resource, please email us at coga@uccs.edu.

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Flash Point: Living with Wildfire

In the wake of last year's destructive wildfires, Colorado's residents, scientists, and government officials have been working hard to manage the ongoing threat. We're not only mitigating our landscapes; we're adapting our very understanding of what it means to reside within reach of mountain forests. Join KRCC News for "Flash Point," a special series produced by Andrea Chalfin and Michelle Mercer on how wildfire is changing life in Colorado.


From the "Colorado Matters" radio series on CPR:

High Country News - For People who care about the West


High Country News



InciWeb, the Incident Information Portal

InciWeb contains a listing of all fires burning nationally, including proscribed burns and burned areas, along with wildfires currently being fought.  Also includes announcements, closures, and maps related to the fires.  Extremely useful tool for keeping track of all the fires burning during this fire season.


Miscellaneous Collected Fire Resources:


Wildfires and Geographic Information Science

These sites explore wildfire education through cutting-edge geospatial technology and satellite imagery. An excellent compliment to any GIS unit exploring an important topic in Colorado.


National Earth Observatory Global Maps
National Earth Observatory

The fire maps show the locations of actively burning fires around the world on a monthly basis, based on observations from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite NASA Global Fire Map.