Figure: Fires in the Bahamas, Florida and Cuba (03 April 2004, 18:30 UTC) identified using MODIS Aqua and outlined in red on the MODIS 1km corrected reflectance product (Jacques Descloitres).

Welcome to MODIS Active Fire and Burned Area Products website

Fire is a complex biophysical process with multiple direct and indirect effects on the atmosphere, the biosphere and the hydrosphere. Moreover, it is now widely recognized that, in some fire prone environments, fire disturbance is essential to maintain the ecosystem in a state of equilibrium.

The MODIS active fire and burned area products contain information unique to understanding the timing and spatial distribution of fires and their characteristics.

The MODIS Standard Fire products provide an important contribution to the NASA Land Use and Land Cover Program and the International Global Observation of Forest Cover (GOFC) Project.

MODIS Active Fire Product

The MODIS active fire product detects fires in 1km pixels that are burning at the time of overpass under relatively cloud-free conditions using a contextual algorithm, where thresholds are first applied to the observed middle–infrared and thermal infrared brightness temperature and then false detections are rejected by examining the brightness temperature relative to neighboring pixels (Giglio, L. et al. 2003)... Learn more

Burned Area Products

Burned areas are characterized by deposits of charcoal and ash, removal of vegetation, and alteration of the vegetation structure (Pereira et al. 1997, Roy et al. 1999). The MODIS algorithm used to map burned areas takes advantage of these spectral, temporal, and structural changes (Roy et al. 2005a). It detects the approximate date of burning at 500 m by locating the occurrence of rapid changes in daily surface reflectance time series data. The algorithm maps the spatial extent of recent fires and not of fires that occurred in previous seasons or years.... Learn more