Many weather factors can dictate the risk, intensity and spread of wildfires. They include wind, relative humidity and fuel moisture. Temperature and drought levels also play a role, and all of these conditions can also impact efforts to fight and contain wildfires. GFC has tools to provide important information and updates on wildfire conditions and activity across the state.
Monitor Wildfire ConditionsView Fire Weather Forecasts
In addition to standard weather conditions, it is equally as important to plan for smoke dispersion on prescribed fires. VSmoke-Web is a web-based implementation of VSmoke (Lavdas, 1996) and is designed to assist with planning prescribed burns in the Southern United States. VSmoke is a simple gaussian smoke dispersion model that calculates isopleths of surface smoke concentration.Estimate Prescribed Fire Smoke Impacts
Track Georgia Wildfire Activity
GFC’s Georgia Wildfire Public Viewer provides an interactive map that pinpoints wildfire activity throughout the state. This tool is directly linked to GFC’s wildfire computer-aided dispatch system and software called FiResponse. It offers current information about Georgia’s reported and active wildfires. Details include:
- fire location
- whether a fire is active, contained or controlled
- when suppression is complete
If GFC is responding to an incident, the system syncs automatically. Wildfire incidents that are closed are not shown. Please Note: smartphone applications are not yet supported, but are planned.
For successful connectivity, ensure that Java Script is installed and that only supported browsers such as Google Chrome are used. Frequent “refreshing” of the site keeps the real-time data current. Slow internet speeds may hamper proper functioning.Open the Georgia Wildfire Public Viewer
Obtain Burn Permits
Most types of outdoor burning in Georgia require a permit from GFC. NOTE: Burning Permits are good only for the day they are issued. If you obtain your permit after dark, your permit will be good for the following day.REQUEST A BURN PERMIT
For more information about obtaining burn permits, contact GFC at 1-877-OK2-BURN (652-2876). You can also contact your local GFC office more information.