Our History

April 30, 2021

FWAC releases version 6 of the Wildfire Map while continuing our partnership with True North Gear.

January 1, 2020

True North Gear, a firefighting gear and apparel company in Seattle, WA, partners with FWAC for the 2020 year to promote the Wildfire Map and their line of wildland firefighter gear and apparel. Read more here.

August 14, 2019

FWAC received a $9,000 grant from the Wildhorse Foundation. Read more at https://www.fireweatheravalanche.org/about/press-releases/2020/01/02/fwac-receives-wildhorse-foundation-grant.

May 10, 2019

FWAC intends to be the best provider of wildfire information in the U.S. To achieve this goal, we spent several months making improvements and adding new features to our Wildfire Map. This is the most data we've included in any one of our products!

February 2018

FWAC celebrates being an official nonprofit organization for one year.

November 29, 2017

Began featuring the first aerial footage pertaining to outdoor recreation and snow conditions, dubbed the FWAC Flyover.

October 26, 2017

The first issuance of the Slope of Nope avalanche prediction model was done.

September 15, 2017

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) officially granted FWAC 501(c)(3) nonprofit status allowing us to receive donations that are tax deductible.

August 2017

Nearly 1,000 people per minute were viewing the Wildfire map, so the website was moved to a powerful CentOS server in combination with Amazon AWS.

June 2017

FWAC became a Domestic Nonprofit Corporation registered in the state of Oregon.
Began integrated numerous interagency dispatch centers for wildfire data.

February 2017

FWAC was founded by two individuals who went on to establish an official Board of Directors.
The initial FWAC website was launched.

August 2015

The Wildfire Map was first launched using initial wildfire data from one local interagency dispatch center.

Our Products in Action

This is our collection of the Fire, Weather & Avalanche Center "at work." These portfolio collections showcase the work we have accomplished, or examples where our products have benefited others in the fire, weather and avalanche community.

  • See Where Wildfires are Burning in Wyoming with this Map, by Ben Kuhns (2021), KGAB.comRead more
  • Wyoming and Montana Wildfires Filling Skies with Smoke, by Andrew Rossi (2021), MyBighornBasin.comRead more
  • Eastern Oregon flooding, KPTV Portland (2019), https://www.kptv.com/eastern-oregon-flooding/video_f656792f-037a-5256-b17c-82f25b386c23.htmlWatch Video
  • Mountain Update..., by Bluewood Ski Resort (2019), Facebook.comRead more
  • The 6 Best Fire Maps of 2019, by Ryan Dube (2019), Lifewire.comRead more
  • Fire Crews Still Fighting Fires Started Thursday By 700+ Lightning Strikes, by Jessica Tomlinson (2019), ThatOregonLife.comRead more
  • Over 100 Large Wildfires in Western US Burning Almost 2-Million Acres—Less than Half 10-Year Average, by FireBrains (2019), SnowBrains.comRead more
  • Pre-Fire Season Checklist, by Bighorn Basin Firesmart (2019), www.wytfs.comRead more
  • Air Quality Deemed Unhealthy Due to Nearby Wildfires, by Heidi Bunch (2018), www.mcindependentnews.comRead more
  • How to Track the Wildfires Raging Across the Western U.S. Online, by Rob Dozier (2018), www.slate.comRead more
  • Why are there so many wildfires in the western United States?, by Zach Fitzner (2018), www.earth.comRead more
  • The Southwest is on Fire, by Dave Hoshour (2018), www.eastmans.comRead more
  • As hurricanes slam the South, shocking images show the Western US is literally on fire, by Tyler Durden (2017 (), www.zerohedge.comRead more
  • As hurricanes slam the South, the Western US is literally on fire, by Carey Wedler (2017), www.freespeechtwentyfirstcentury.comRead more
  • Goat Care During Fire Season, by Countryside Network (2017), www.countrysidenetwork.com/Read more
  • With resources tied up in hurricane relief, requests for wildfire help going unfulfilled, by KMSP (2017), www.fox9.comRead more
  • Fires rage across the Klamath Basin, by Klamath Basin Monitoring Program (2017), www.kbmp.netRead more
  • Why so smokey [sic]..., by KBOW (2017), www.kbow550.netRead more
  • Deck building products fire ratings to minimize fire threats, by Duradek (2017), www.duradek.comRead more
  • Union County, Oregon Search & Rescue Spot Forecast See the example

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