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6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th


Science, Social Studies, Earth and Space Sciences, Geography

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North America, United States, USA - Northeast, New Jersey

Potential Energy Disruptions from Wildfires Interactive Map

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  • This interactive map features real-time information on potential threats to energy infrastructure due to wildfires.
Teaching Tips


  • Clicking on a fire icon provides information on the type of fire, area burned in acres, percent containment, and discovery date and time.
  • Students can save and download maps by clicking on the icon on the bottom left-hand corner of the map.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Layers can be manipulated using the double arrow icon and the layers icon, both of which are located at the top right-hand corner of the screen.
  • There are two different base maps (road map and satellite) that can be changed by clicking on the bottom right corner of the map.
  • The data sources are cited in an introduction panel prior to entering the map.


  • Students can toggle through different types of power plants and identify which plants are most at risk from wildfires.
  • Geography or health students can discuss the connections between human activities and air pollution, specifically related to fires.
  • Students can also use this interactive map on energy disruptions from hurricanes, cyclones, and typhoons.
  • If you're looking for a high school lesson plan on wildfires, check out Analyzing the Rise of U.S. Wildfires.
Scientist Notes
This map provides a real-time exploration on the spatial distribution of wildfires and their potential for disrupting energy. There is no contradiction in the data layers, and this resource is recommended for teaching.
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • MS-ESS3-2 Analyze and interpret data on natural hazards to forecast future catastrophic events and inform the development of technologies to mitigate their effects.
      • HS-ESS3-1 Construct an explanation based on evidence for how the availability of natural resources, occurrence of natural hazards, and changes in climate have influenced human activity.
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 2: Geography
      • D2.Geo.2.6-8 Use maps, satellite images, photographs, and other representations to explain relationships between the locations of places and regions, and changes in their environmental characteristics.
      • D2.Geo.12.9-12 Evaluate the consequences of human-made and natural catastrophes on global trade, politics, and human migration.
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