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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.

This resource addresses the listed standards. To fully meet standards, search for more related resources.

  • Science
    • 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.
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