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Fire/GIS Software Support Tools

This section of the GSC Website and Clearinghouse contains selected links to download Geospatial software tools that can be used in wildland fire management. Click the name of the tool to download, or click the link to visit the respective vendor's website.

All of these products are available from the vendors free of charge. These links are provided by the GSC as a convenience to you and should in no way be construded as an endorsement of the products or companies.

Do you have GIS tools to share? Send us the link and we will add it to this site! Please also visit the GSTOP Tips and Tools page for additional GIS information.

For any issues that may occur while using the FIMT tool, please submit a ticket to the help desk at:

National Interagency Fire Center
Attn: National Information Systems Group
3833 S. Development Ave.
Boise, ID 83705
Phone: 866-224-7677, 360-326-6002
Fax: 866-328-1364

Automated Lightning Mapping System (ArcGIS 10 and 10.1)

NOTICE! The Automated Lightning Mapping System (ALMS) tool has been retired. To access lightning data in the new system please visit (note - you will need a WFMI account to log in. Request access here).

FIMT - Fire Incident Mapping Tool

Please remember to uninstall any previous versions prior to installing any new versions.

Online FIMT Training is also available! For transition tips or problems encountered with install/uninstall of FIMT 10.0.11, please read this helpful reference document.

The FIMT extension for ESRI ArcMap provides mapping and data management tools for Fire Incident support. Downloads are zip files.

ArcGIS 10.1 Download FIMT 10.0.11 for 10.1 (May 2013)
  Install Guide
ArcGIS 10.1 FIMT Style and Layer Files for 10.1 (July 2013)
  FIMT IAP Map Templates for 10.1 (July 2013)
ArcGIS 10.0 Download FIMT (August 2011)
  Release notice
ArcGIS 9.3.1 Download FIMT (July 2010)
  Release notice
  Fire Symbols
ArcGIS 9.2 and 9.3 Download FIMT (May 2009)
  User's Guide (9.2.02)
  9.2.18 Enhancements


Read more about FIMT in the January-March 2005 issue of ESRI's ArcUser magazine.


Visit the Fire and Resource Assessment Program (FRAP) website for the latest version of CAL FIRE tools. Download tools for Color Map, Shape Conversion, Geoprocessing, Map Production, and many more!

  • Click HERE to get to the website and download options.

Google Earth

Google Earth has been used to support several incidents this past fire season! In particular, the ability to display data in a 3D environment has been very useful.

     Google Earth Feeds

GeoMAC Dynamic KML Home Page
InciWeb Dynamic KML Home Page
Active Fire Mapping Dynamic AFM Bundle Home Page

Additionally, you can find scripts on the ESRI support site that will convert spatial data between the shapefile and KML formats.

RedZone RZ3

RedZone RZ3 is incident mapping and field survey software designed specifically for wildland fire. The software is simple enough to be used by a non-technically trained user. Popular features include drag and drop ICS symbols, GPS downloading, tools to build maps or map books and an Incident Action Plan builder.

Minnesota DNR Garmin Extension - ArcGIS 8.x, ArcGIS 9.x, ArcView 3.x, LandView, ArcExplorer (version 5.4.1, 9/23/2008)

This extension was built to provide users the ability to directly transfer data between Garmin GPS handheld receivers and various GIS software packages. Using this extension a user can use point features (graphics or shapefile) and upload them to the GPS as WayPoints. Line and polygon graphics or shapes can be uploaded to the GPS as TrackLogs or Routes. Conversely, WayPoints, TrackLogs, and Routes collected using the GPS can be transferred directly to ArcView/ArcMap/LandView and saved as Graphics or Shapefiles.

*DNR Garmin is not entirely compatible with ArcGIS 10.0. Download the new DNRGPS (version, 9/13/2012) to resolve this issue.

Mobile Fire Mapper for ArcPad - ArcPad

The Mobile Fire Mapper applet provides tools to quickly and easily map a fire perimeter using ESRI's ArcPad software. The perimeter can be mapped via GPS or stylus/mouse digitizing. Attributes are captured with the perimeter based on the proposed interagency fire perimeter data transfer standard.

ArcPad 6.0.1 or later is required. Please visit the ESRI website for downloads and additional information about ArcPad.

Incident Support GIS Tools - check each tool to find out software packages it works with

You can find links to a variety of Incident Support GIS Tools available for either free or purchase on the Forest Service Fire and Aviation Management website.

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