Informational Resources

Informational Resources

Air Quality

Alert Wildfire Camera Network

ALERTWildfire is a consortium of three universities — The University of Nevada, Reno (UNR), University of California San Diego (UCSD), and the University of Oregon (UO) — providing access to state-of-the-art Pan-Tilt-Zoom (PTZ) fire cameras and associated tools to help firefighters and first responders: (1) discover/locate/confirm fire ignition, (2) quickly scale fire resources up or down appropriately, (3) monitor fire behavior through containment, (4) during firestorms, help evacuations through enhanced situational awareness, and (5) ensure contained fires are monitored appropriately through their demise.

Be Prepared Yuba

Yuba County’s Office of Emergency Services program to help residents prepare for all kinds of disasters.

Burn Permits, Air Quality and Burn Day Status (Yuba County)

Blue Forest

Blue Forest is a mission-driven, non-profit organization creating sustainable financial solutions to meet pressing environmental challenges. Our flagship financial product, the Forest Resilience Bond (FRB), deploys private capital to finance forest restoration projects on private and public lands to reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfire.

We are an interdisciplinary team of scientists, financial experts and engineering professionals with extensive infrastructure, public sector and Wall Street experience.

Cal Fire

The Department of Forestry and Fire Protection serves and safeguards the people and protects the property and resources of California.The have information on wildfire preparation and evacuations – their Ready, Set, Go! Campaign. Some of this information is based on California’s laws, and does not include the latest science like National Fire Preparedness Association or Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety,

Cal Fire Official Flickr Picture Gallery  (Over 8000 photos)

Cal Fire Incidents Maps

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) responds to all types of emergencies. When the Department responds to a major CAL FIRE jurisdiction incident, the Department will post incident details to the web site. Major emergency incidents could include large, extended-day wildfires (10 acres or greater), floods, earthquakes, hazardous material spills, etc. This is a summary of all incidents, including those managed by CAL FIRE and other partner agencies.

Cal Fire Nevada-Yuba-Placer Unit (Cal Fire NEU)

Yuba County’s Cal Fire Unit. You can follow them on Facebook. They protect people and their property from wildfire, and also issue permits for prescribed fires during wildfire season.

Center for Disease Control (CDC)

Information on who is susceptible to wildfire smoke, and how to reduce its impact.

Data Platform  – Yuba County

(Fuels Reduction & Forest Restoration Planning Tools) Workgroups are developing strategies and tactics to protect lives and property, increase firefighter safety and effectiveness by reducing forest fuels and fire intensity as fire transitions from wildland into the populated areas. A countywide planning process and decision support platform to help plan, implement, prioritize, monitor and publicly communicate fuels reduction, forest restoration and recovery efforts in Yuba County.

Evacuation Management (ZoneHaven)

Be prepared before emergency strikes. During an emergency, ever y second counts. Start preparing now to ensure you are prepared in the event of an emergency. Know Your Evacuation Zone Knowing your zone is critical to the evacuation process. If there is a wildfire or emergency, this is how you will check if you are in an impacted evacuation zone? Access Information About Your Zone Find information about your zone, familiarize yourself with local fire and law agencies in your area, and find resources that will help you prepare.

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

Wildfire information on smoke, health, coronavirus, debris flows, insurance and much more.

Fire Adapted Communities (FAC NET)

A fire adapted community is “A human community consisting of informed and prepared citizens collaboratively planning and taking action to safely coexist with wildland fire.” More fully, fire adapted communities are knowledgeable, engaged communities where actions of residents and agencies in relation to infrastructure, buildings, landscaping and the surrounding ecosystem lessen the need for extensive protection actions and enable the communities to safely accept fire as part of the surrounding landscape. Because every community is unique, the steps and strategies they take to improve their wildfire resilience will vary from place to place. FireWise Communities are often a facet of Fire Adapted Communities.

Fire Fighting Aircraft Recognition Guide (web booklet .PDF)

This Guidebook has been assembled for those who want information on firefighting aircraft used by local, state and federal agencies. The guide provides the most current facts, specifications and reference photos in four categories; air tactical, fixed-wing, rotor-wing and military aircraft.

FireWise USA

Firewise USA® is a voluntary program that provides a framework to help neighbors get organized, find direction, and take action to increase the ignition resistance of their homes and community. This program is run by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

Flightradar 24

Live interactive aviation flight tracker and aircraft identification platform

Flightradar24 is a free to use global flight tracking service that provides you with real-time information about thousands of aircraft around the world. Flightradar24 tracks 180,000+ flights, from 1,200+ airlines, flying to or from 4,000+ airports around the world in real time. Our service is currently available online and for your iOS or Android device.

Forest Service US Department of Agriculture

The agency is divided into 4 levels Headquarters – Region – National Forest and Grassland – Ranger Districts

Agency headquarters has the following Programs National Forest Systems – Forest Service Research – State and Private Forestry – Administration and International Programs. “Our workforce of approximately 30,000 employees reflect the full range of diversity of the American people.”

Fuels Reduction Guide PDF

Interested in learning more about how CAL FIRE conducts fuel reduction projects and the equipment we use? Check out our Fuels Reduction Guide to better understand how prescribed fire and fuels reduction projects can help eliminate fire hazards and risks by reducing fuel loads and creating a break in fuel continuity.

Google Maps Section-Township and Range

Township and Range made easy! Search township and range by address or reverse find by land parcel description, and also show the county that the parcel is located in. Lookup any Township and Range and see Section Township Range lines on Google Maps anywhere in the US.


Geographic Area Coordination Center (GACC)

The United States and Alaska are divided into 11 Geographic Areas for the purpose of incident management and mobilization of resources (people, aircraft, ground equipment). Within each Area, an interagency Geographic Area Coordinating Group (GACG), made up of Fire Directors from each of the Federal and State land management agencies from within the Area, is established. Working collaboratively, the GACG’s mission is to provide leadership and support not only for wildland fire emergencies, but to other emergency incidents (i.e. earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, etc), as necessary. Authority for establishment of the GACG is through departmental policy and interagency agreements. Additional agreements are established with cooperators and other organizations in order to facilitate efficient fire management activities within and adjacent to the Area. A cost-effective sharing of resources among public agencies is a key component of the GACG mission and is expected by the public, Congress, and States. Various components of the website are updated throughout the day from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. (April 1 – October 30). This website IS NOT a “real-time” website, nor is it designed to be an “incident-specific” website.

Fuels History

Check out how the old school lookouts calculated fuels PDF

Geolocation Interactive Maps

by – Section Township and Range

by – Latitude / Longitude

Home Retrofit Guide  “How to Harden Homes Against Wildfire” – PDF File

A collaborative effort, led by University of Nevada, Reno Extension, including University of California Cooperative Extension, Tahoe Resource Conservation District, CAL FIRE, and Living with Fire Tahoe has produced Wildfire Home Retrofit Guide, How to Harden Homes Against Wildfire. YWP&FSC has been granted the right to share this incredible guide with our group. “The guide includes specific recommendations for how to retrofit existing components of a home to withstand wildfire. Each section contains an explanation of how the component is vulnerable to wildfire and what can be done to improve that component”

Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS) Wildfire Research Center

IBHS has a wildfire research center and is at the forefront of wildfire structure mitigation. 

Lower Yuba River Accord

The Lower Yuba River Accord (Accord)—a landmark settlement agreement that improves conditions for salmon and steelhead in the Yuba River, reduces the risk of flooding for the people of Yuba County, protects water rights for local farmers and ranchers, and provides critical water supplies for communities throughout California.

National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)

The leading information and knowledge resource on fire, electrical, and related hazards. Wildfire programs include FireWise USA, National Fire Preparedness Day, Take Action: Teens for Wildfire Mitigation, and information on wildfire home preparations.

National Weather Service – NOAA

NFPA Urban Interface Report April 2020

About the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Founded in 1896, NFPA is a global, nonprofit organization devoted to eliminating
death, injury, property and economic loss due to fire, electrical and related hazards. The association delivers information and knowledge through more than
300 consensus codes and standards, research, training, education, outreach and advocacy; and by partnering with others who share an interest in furthering
the NFPA mission.

The Northern California Geographic Area Coordination Center (ONCC) is the focal point for coordinating the mobilization of resources for wildland fire and other incidents throughout the Geographic Area. Located in Redding, CA, the Center also provides Intelligence and Predictive Services related-products designed to be use by the internal wildland fire community for purposes of wildland fire and incident management decision-making.

North Yuba Forest Partnership

The North Yuba Forest Partnership is a diverse group of nine organizations passionate about forest health and the resilience of the North Yuba River watershed.  Together, the partners are working on an unprecedented scale to collaboratively plan, analyze, finance, and implement forest restoration across 275,000 acres of the watershed.

PG&E  Interactive Outage Map

On the PG&E Electric Outage Map, you can report an outage, view current outages, and even sign up for updates about a specific outage. The map is updated every 15 minutes with any new information.

Prescribed Fire Information Reporting System (PFIRS)

PFIRS (“P-furs”) serves as an interface between air quality managers, land management agencies, and individuals that conduct prescribed burning in California. It is intended to facilitate communications on planned burns and approvals. PFIRS enables individuals involved in prescribed burning the ability to view this information on a statewide level. PFIRS is a joint project of the California Air Resources Board, federal land management agencies, local air districts, and various fire agencies.

Real Time Lightning Map

See real time lightning strikes across the planet. Free access to

United Policy Holders

United Policy Holders is a 501(c)(3) consumer advocacy group who gives advice on buying insurance and navigating claims, and lobbies for consumer rights.

University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR)

Resources and information on fire in California including ecology, prescribed fire, health and safety, wildfire mitigation, and wildfire recovery.

University of California Integrated Pest Management (UC IPM)

Helps residents, growers, land managers, community leaders, and other professional pest managers prevent and solve pest problems with the least unintended impacts on people and their surroundings. They have information on how to best control weedy species like himalyan blackberry, brooms, yellow starthistle, and many other plants that contribute to extreme fire behavior.

University of California Cooperative Extension

  • Fire Resources and Information
  • Fire Activity Map : This map is an independent community effort developed to provide a general awareness of wildfire activity.  UCANR is sharing this map solely as a reference, and is not responsible for the content or interpretation of the map.

University of California Master Gardeners (UC MG)

The Sutter-Yuba Master Gardeners are a resource about gardening in the region. They can assist residents with questions about plants related to wildfire, including How big will they get? When and how should I prune them? How can I transplant a plant?


Windy (also known as Windyty) is an extraordinary tool for weather forecast visualization. Hour by hour wind direction and speed. The uniqueness of Windy brings you better quality information than an ordinary weather app the product is absolutely free without ads. (Available online or download the app from Play Store)

Yuba County California

Yuba Rivers and Reservoirs

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