Information Release



Contact:   Hugh Strawn




Date:   August 25, 2015  


Archived Fire Smoke Analysis Data Available from PLRB

GIS Service for Mapping Smoke Claims


Nearly twice as many wildland fires have been reported in the Western states than at this time last year.  Smoke damage claims are being filed in areas that are sometimes far from the actual fire.  As adjusters investigate the claim, PLRB's GIS Services can help locate areas of smoke by address.


Area of heavy smoke across central and southern Oregon on 4/19/15

Displayed on PLRB Map


A layer, which depicts areas of the U.S. where large areas of smoke exist is a GIS service available from Catastrophe Services for use with mapping programs, such as PLRB Map.  The smoke is usually from wildfires, but may possibly be from other fire events. 


Fire Smoke Analysis Areas of smoke are analyzed using GOES-EAST and GOES-WEST visible satellite imagery. Only a general description of areas of smoke or significant smoke plumes are analyzed. Widespread cloudiness may prevent the detection of smoke even from significant fires.


The GIS Services are available at no charge to employees of PLRB member insurance companies and affiliate member companies.  For more information, contact Andrew Louchios, Geologist/Geospatial Specialist at 


The Property & Liability Resource Bureau is a not-for-profit association of property and casualty insurance companies.  It is located in Downers Grove, Illinois.