The Advanced Fire Information System

The Advanced Fire Information System (AFIS) is a satellite-based fire information tool that provides near real time fire information to users across the globe.

This system provides fire managers across the globe with a unique tool to better manage the risk of wildfires close to high value infrastructure and property such as transmission grids or forest plantations. AFIS provides users with fire prediction, detection, monitoring, alerting, planning and reporting capabilities through the use of Earth observation satellites, weather forecast models and Information and Communication Technologies.


We thank all our partners for their relentless support which is crucial to our operation. In particular, we acknowledge the use of:

* Near-real time MODIS data from SANSA, NEODAAS Dundee, CIMSS/SSEC
FIRMS data from the Land Atmosphere Near-real time Capability for EOS (LANCE) system operated by the NASA/GSFC/Earth Science Data and Information System (ESDIS) with funding provided by NASA/HQ
* Weather forecast data provided by ECMWF
* Weather station data from Vital Fire Weather and South African Weather Service

Live Fire Viewers:


  • Eskom
  • CSIR
  • Department of Science and Technology
  • Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
  • Department of Environmental Affairs
  • Eumetsat
  • Linfiniti Consulting
  • NASA
  • NEODAAS Dundee Satellite Receiving Station
  • South African Weather Service
  • South African National Space Agency
  • Vital Fire Weather