What's New on NAFI


April 2021:NAFI Mobile App available
A NAFI Mobile app is available so you can view the latest NAFI fire scars and hotspots on a phone. The app can also be used offline with stored maps. Go to the iPhone App Store or the Android Play Store and search for "NAFI". This initial version of the app is free to download.


March 2021:Updated reports and improved fire histories available
The Fire scar by Year and Fire History reports have been updated with the most recent year's (2020) fire mapping. Go to Reports tab.

The Fire Histories for 2000-2020 and 2011-2020 are also available for viewing under the Fire History tab and for download under the Data tab.

The historic mapping in the rangelands of Western Australia has been updated using Sentinel-2 imagery to identify burnt areas that may not have been mapped - back to 2015. The new mapping is provided at the same resolution (250m) as the other MODIS based NAFI mapping. However the increased sensitivity of the Sentinel-2 satellite data picked up missed fire scars in these arid landscapes that can be difficult to map. We will look to have similar updates for earlier years and other rangeland areas into the future, depending on funding. None of these mapping updates are in regions covered by Savanna burning projects which have accurate and validated MODIS fire scar mapping.


February 2021:Northern 2020 Fire Scar mapping finalised, SavBAT reports available
The fire scar mapping for 2020 has been finalised for northern Australia (north of 20S). It is available for download (under Data > Fire scars by year)and for reporting (under Report). SavBAT reports for 2020 are now available. The entire fire scar mapping for 2020, including southern Queensland and the arid zone will be finalised before the end of February 2021.

November 2020:Improved hotspot display
Many of the hotspots displayed on NAFI are now positioned more accurately on the map, taking advantage of more recent satellite sensors. This improvement gives the appearance of more hotspots, however these hotspots were on the map before - but they were mapped in the same approx 1km grid, sitting on top of each other.

September 2020:Get information on when the next hotspots are due
The hotspots displayed on NAFI are detected by satellites that pass across the country in regular orbits, typically producing a few updates every day for a given fire on the ground. To find out when the next satellite pass over an area will be, and when it should get a hotspot update, you can now use a couple of useful dashboards. You can access these dashboards under the "Track Fires" menu, go to "Check for Updates" in the left hand menu and select "next hotspot updates".

August 2020:HiRes fire Scars for Darwin and Pilbara regions
High Resolution fire scars are now displayed on NAFI for the Darwin and Pilbara regions. The Darwin region fire scars are based on Sentinel 10m imagery and should be updated every fortnight or so. They are useful when monitoring active fires (go to Track Fires > Recent HiRes Fire Scars). The Pilbara region fire scars area based on 30m Landsate imagery and will be updated less frequently as they will be more useful for planning (go to Fire History > HiRes Fire Histories).