Composite Burn Index (CBI) data and field photos collected for the FIRESEV project, western United States
  • Pamela G. Sikkink
    US Forest Service, Missoula Forestry Sciences Laboratory
  • Gregory K. Dillon
    US Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Fire, Fuel, and Smoke Science Program
  • Robert E. Keane II
    US Forest Service, Missoula Fire Sciences Laboratory
  • Penelope Morgan
    University of Idaho, College of Natural Resources, Department of Forest Resources
  • Eva C. Karau
    US Forest Service, Missoula Fire Sciences Laboratory
  • Zachary A. Holden
    US Forest Service, Northern Region
  • Robin P. Silverstein
    University of Montana
  • US Forest Service, Research Data Archive
Funding Source(s):
  • Joint Fire Science Program
Publication Date: 2013

Cataloging Information

  • biota
  • burn severity
  • CBI - composite burn index
  • fire management
  • fire suppression
  • FIRESEV - Fire Severity Mapping Project
  • photos
  • vegetation
Geospatial Information:
xMax: -104.5034 , xMin: -123.3613 , yMax: 48.2182 , yMin: 31.9710 , Datum: WGS84
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Record Last Modified: August 16, 2019
FRAMES Record Number: 16500


This set of Composite Burn Index (CBI) data was collected from 2009 to 2011 and supports several products created during the FIRESEV project, which was funded by the Joint Fire Sciences Program. FIRESEV (FIRE SEVerity mapping tools) is a comprehensive set of tools and protocols to deliver, create, and evaluate fire severity maps for all phases of fire management. This CBI data describes fire effects for the western U.S. for five vegetation strata after burning in 2008 to 2010 (Key and Benson 1999). The strata include substrates (litter, duff, fuel, and soil); herbs, low shrubs, and small trees; tall shrubs and sapling trees; intermediate trees; and big trees. The field assessments were conducted in deciduous and coniferous forests, shrublands, and grasslands. The dataset includes information on the fires that burned each area, plot locations and sample protocols, topographic characteristics, canopy characteristics, substrate and ground covers, pre- and post-burn estimates of vegetation in each stratum, estimates of the percentage of plot altered by stratum, CBI values calculated for each of the five strata, and a composite CBI value for the entire plot. Field photos at each location are included for perspective on the field conditions related to the CBI assessments. [This data product is archived in the USFS Research Data Archive, number RDS-2013-0017.]

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