Spatial wildfire occurrence data for the United States, 1992-2013 (3rd edition)
  • Karen C. Short
    US Forest Service, Missoula Fire Sciences Laboratory
  • US Forest Service, Research Data Archive
Funding Source(s):
  • US Forest Service, Fire and Aviation Management
  • US Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station
Publication Date: 2015

Cataloging Information

  • biota
  • fire detection
  • FPA - Fire Program Analysis
  • geoscience
Geospatial Information:
xMax: -65.2569 , xMin: -178.8026 , yMax: 70.2997 , yMin: 17.9397 , Datum: WGS84
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Record Last Modified: August 21, 2019
FRAMES Record Number: 20402


This data product contains a spatial database of wildfires that occurred in the United States from 1992 to 2013, generated for the national Fire Program Analysis (FPA) system. The wildfire records were acquired from the reporting systems of federal, state, and local fire organizations. The following core data elements were required for records to be included in this data product: discovery date, final fire size, and a point location at least as precise as Public Land Survey System (PLSS) section (1-square mile grid). The data were transformed to conform, when possible, to the data standards of the National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG). Basic error-checking was performed and redundant records were identified and removed, to the degree possible. The resulting product, referred to as the Fire Program Analysis fire-occurrence database (FPA FOD), includes 1.73 million geo-referenced wildfire records, representing a total of 126 million acres burned during the 22-year period. [This data product is archived in the USFS Research Data Archive, number RDS-2013-0009.3.]

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