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This archive preserves and publishes short and long-term research data collected from studies funded by:

  • Forest Service Research and Development (FS R&D)
  • Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP)
  • Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute (ALWRI)

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Image of forest fire on the side of a mountain with 100 meter flame lengths. Spatial wildfire occurrence data for the United States, 1992-2013 [FPA_FOD_20150323]

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.

Corresponding data paper: Short, K. C. 2014. A spatial database of wildfires in the United States, 1992-2011. Earth System Science Data. 6: 1-27.