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The fire information presented in the NOAA-AVHRR fire detection archive, MODIS fire detection archive and the fire scar mapping page can be used within the desktop GIS ArcView from ESRI. To start with save this ArcView project to a directory on your computer. Load ArcView and from the "File" menu choose "Open Project" and then locate "fireview.apr". A view window should open and 4 new items will appear under the "View" menu. The 4 items should be called :

Add fire scars theme
Add individual fires theme
Add fire fronts theme
Add fire areas theme

Fire Detection archive

  • At the top right hand corner of each fire detection page is a "Text version" message. Save this file to a directory on your computer. It will probably have a name similar to "14_14479nt_manual.txt" but it may be wise to save it to a filename with a reference to the date such as "971022.txt".
  • In ArcView choose "Add individual fires theme" from the "View" menu and locate the text file just saved. Give the output file a name such as "971022if.shp". Red dot(s) should appear in the view window.
  • Choose "Add fire fronts theme" from the "View" menu and locate the text file again. Give the output file a name such as "971022ff.shp". Green line(s) may appear in the view window. This depends on whether any fire fronts were located for that particular pass. Scan through the list of fires in the text file to see if there were any fire fronts located.
  • Choose "Add fire areas theme" from the "View" menu and locate the text file again. Give the output file a name such as "971022fa.shp". Blue shape(s) may appear in the view window. This depends on whether any fire areas were located for that particular pass. Scan through the list of fires in the text file to see if there were any fire areas located.
  • Click on the "Zoom to Full Extent" button on the view button bar.
Fire Scar Mapping page
  • Towards the middle of the page is a list of months. Click on the required month. Save this file to a directory on your computer. It will probably have a name similar to "9709". It can be unzipped using WinZip.
  • Choose "Add fire scars theme" from the "View" menu and locate the file just saved. Give the output file a name such as "9709scar.shp". Grey shape(s) should appear in the view window.
  • Click on the "Zoom to Full Extent" button on the view button bar.