Wildfire Hazard Potential (WHP) for the conterminous United States (270-m GRID), version 2014 classified

Metadata:

Identification_Information:
Citation:
Citation_Information:
Originator: Dillon, Gregory K.
Publication_Date: 2015
Title:
Wildfire Hazard Potential (WHP) for the conterminous United States (270-m GRID), version 2014 classified
Edition: 1st
Geospatial_Data_Presentation_Form: raster digital data
Publication_Information:
Publication_Place: Fort Collins, CO
Publisher: Forest Service Research Data Archive
Online_Linkage: https://doi.org/10.2737/RDS-2015-0046
Description:
Abstract:
Federal wildfire managers often want to know, over large landscapes, where wildfires are likely to occur and how intense they may be. To meet this need we developed a map that we call wildfire hazard potential (WHP) – a raster geospatial product that can help to inform evaluations of wildfire risk or prioritization of fuels management needs across very large spatial scales (millions of acres). Our specific objective with the WHP map was to depict the relative potential for wildfire that would be difficult for suppression resources to contain. To create the 2014 version, we built upon spatial estimates of wildfire likelihood and intensity generated in 2014 with the Large Fire Simulation system (FSim) for the national interagency Fire Program Analysis system (FPA), as well as spatial fuels and vegetation data from LANDFIRE 2010 and point locations of fire occurrence from FPA (ca. 1992 – 2012). With these datasets as inputs, we produced an index of WHP for all of the conterminous United States at 270 meter resolution. We present the final WHP map with five WHP classes of very low, low, moderate, high, and very high. On its own, WHP is not an explicit map of wildfire threat or risk, but when paired with spatial data depicting highly valued resources and assets such as structures or powerlines, it can approximate relative wildfire risk to those specific resources and assets. WHP is also not a forecast or wildfire outlook for any particular season, as it does not include any information on current or forecasted weather or fuel moisture conditions. It is instead intended for long-term strategic fuels management.
Purpose:
This dataset is the classified Wildfire Hazard Potential (WHP). It is intended for use in strategic wildland fuels and land management planning at mostly regional to national scales. We have classified continuous WHP values into very low, low, moderate, high, and very high WHP classes, with national wildland fire and fuels planning objectives in mind.
Supplemental_Information:
A second edition of these data is now available. This first edition represents WHP mapped in 2014, depicting landscape conditions as of 2010. The second edition is the 2018 version (https://doi.org/10.2737/RDS-2015-0046-2), and depicts landscape conditions as of 2012.

Original metadata date for this first edition was 11/09/2015. Minor metadata updates were made on 12/15/2016 and 10/10/2018. Updates on 10/10/2018 also included reference to the newer edition of these data. On 06/26/2019 additional minor metadata updates were made.

For a technical overview of the Fire Simulation (FSim) system developed by the USDA Forest Service, Missoula Fire Sciences Laboratory to estimate probabilistic components of wildfire risk see Finney et al. 2011. The utility of the calibrated FSim BP and FIL data for quantitative geospatial wildfire risk assessment is detailed in a companion paper by Thompson et al. 2011.

Finney, Mark A.; McHugh, Charles W.; Grenfell, Isaac C.; Riley, Karin L.; Short, Karen C. 2011. A Simulation of Probabilistic Wildfire Risk Components for the Continental United States. Stochastic Environmental Research and Risk Assessment 25:973-1000. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00477-011-0462-z

Thompson, Matthew P.; Calkin, David E.; Finney, Mark A.; Ager, Alan A.; Gilbertson-Day, Julie W. 2011. Integrated national-scale assessment of wildfire risk to human and ecological values. Stochastic Environmental Research and Risk Assessment 25:761-780. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00477-011-0461-0


*This first edition of data are also available as a map service: https://apps.fs.usda.gov/fsgisx01/rest/services/RDW_Wildfire/RMRS_WildfireHazardPotential_2014/MapServer.
Time_Period_of_Content:
Time_Period_Information:
Single_Date/Time:
Calendar_Date: 2008
Currentness_Reference:
Ground condition
Status:
Progress: Complete
Maintenance_and_Update_Frequency: As needed
Spatial_Domain:
Description_of_Geographic_Extent:
conterminous United States
Bounding_Coordinates:
West_Bounding_Coordinate: -127.972202
East_Bounding_Coordinate: -65.258792
North_Bounding_Coordinate: 51.632799
South_Bounding_Coordinate: 22.765684
Keywords:
Theme:
Theme_Keyword_Thesaurus: ISO 19115 Topic Category
Theme_Keyword: biota
Theme_Keyword: environment
Theme_Keyword: imageryBaseMapsEarthCover
Theme:
Theme_Keyword_Thesaurus: National Research & Development Taxonomy
Theme_Keyword: Ecology, Ecosystems, & Environment
Theme_Keyword: Fire
Theme_Keyword: Fire detection
Theme_Keyword: Fire ecology
Theme_Keyword: Fire effects on environment
Theme_Keyword: Fire suppression, pre-suppression
Theme_Keyword: Prescribed fire
Theme_Keyword: Environment and People
Theme_Keyword: Forest management
Theme_Keyword: Landscape management
Theme:
Theme_Keyword_Thesaurus: None
Theme_Keyword: burn probability
Theme_Keyword: fire likelihood
Theme_Keyword: hazard
Theme_Keyword: risk assessment
Theme_Keyword: fire planning
Theme_Keyword: fuels
Theme_Keyword: fuels management
Theme_Keyword: wildfire hazard potential
Theme_Keyword: wildland fire potential
Place:
Place_Keyword_Thesaurus: None
Place_Keyword: conterminous United States
Place_Keyword: United States
Place_Keyword: CONUS
Access_Constraints: None
Use_Constraints:
These data were collected using funding from the U.S. Government and can be used without additional permissions or fees. If you use these data in a publication, presentation, or other research product please use the following citation:

Dillon, Gregory K. 2015. Wildfire Hazard Potential (WHP) for the conterminous United States (270-m GRID), version 2014 classified. 1st Edition. Fort Collins, CO: Forest Service Research Data Archive. https://doi.org/10.2737/RDS-2015-0046

Please note: This dataset is the product of modeling, and as such carries an inherent degree of error and uncertainty. Users must read and fully comprehend the metadata and other available documentation prior to data use. Users should acknowledge the Originator when using this dataset as a source. Users should share data products developed using the source dataset with the Originator. No warranty is made by the Fire Modeling Institute (FMI) or USDA Forest Service as to the accuracy, reliability, or completeness of these data for individual use or aggregate use with other data, or for purposes not intended by FMI. Inputs to the WHP map, and therefore the WHP map as well, are intended to support 1) national (all states) strategic planning, 2) regional (single large states or groups of smaller states) planning, and 3) strategic and possibly tactical planning for large sub-regional landscapes and Fire Planning Units (FPUs) (including significant portions of states or multiple federal administrative entities). The applicability of the WHP map to support fire and land management planning on smaller areas will vary by location and specific intended use. Further investigation by local and regional experts should be conducted to inform decisions regarding local applicability. It is the sole responsibility of the local user, using product metadata and local knowledge, to determine if and/or how the WHP map can be used for particular areas of interest. The WHP map is not intended to replace local products where they exist, but rather serve as a back-up by providing wall-to-wall cross-boundary data coverage. It is the responsibility of the user to be familiar with the value, assumptions, and limitations of WHP map. Managers and planners must evaluate the WHP map according to the scale and requirements specific to their needs. Spatial information may not meet National Map Accuracy Standards. This information may be updated without notification.
Point_of_Contact:
Contact_Information:
Contact_Organization_Primary:
Contact_Organization: USDA Forest Service, Fire Modeling Institute (FMI)
Contact_Address:
Address_Type: mailing and physical
Address: Missoula Fire Sciences Laboratory
Address: 5775 US Hwy 10 W
City: Missoula
State_or_Province: MT
Postal_Code: 59808
Country: US
Contact_Voice_Telephone: 406-329-4800
Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address: fmi@fs.fed.us
Contact Instructions: https://www.firelab.org/fmi
Data_Set_Credit:
Funding for this project provided by USDA Forest Service, Fire and Aviation Management. Funding also provided by USDA Forest Service, Fire Modeling Institute, which is part of the Rocky Mountain Research Station’s Fire, Fuel and Smoke Science Program.
Native_Data_Set_Environment:
Microsoft Windows 7 Version 6.1 (Build 7601) Service Pack 1; Esri ArcGIS 10.2.2.3574
Cross_Reference:
Citation_Information:
Originator: Dillon, Gregory K.
Publication_Date: 2018
Title:
Wildfire Hazard Potential (WHP) for the conterminous United States (270-m GRID), version 2018 classified
Edition: 2nd
Geospatial_Data_Presentation_Form: raster digital data
Publication_Information:
Publication_Place: Fort Collins, CO
Publisher: Forest Service Research Data Archive
Online_Linkage: https://doi.org/10.2737/RDS-2015-0046-2
Cross_Reference:
Citation_Information:
Originator: Dillon, Gregory K.
Publication_Date: 2015
Title:
Wildland Fire Potential (WFP) for the conterminous United States (270-m GRID), version 2012 classified
Geospatial_Data_Presentation_Form: raster digital data
Publication_Information:
Publication_Place: Fort Collins, CO
Publisher: Forest Service Research Data Archive
Online_Linkage: https://doi.org/10.2737/RDS-2015-0044
Cross_Reference:
Citation_Information:
Originator: Dillon, Gregory K.
Publication_Date: 2015
Title:
Wildland Fire Potential (WFP) for the conterminous United States (270-m GRID), version 2012 continuous
Geospatial_Data_Presentation_Form: raster digital data
Publication_Information:
Publication_Place: Fort Collins, CO
Publisher: Forest Service Research Data Archive
Online_Linkage: https://doi.org/10.2737/RDS-2015-0045
Cross_Reference:
Citation_Information:
Originator: Dillon, Gregory K.
Publication_Date: 2015
Title:
Wildfire Hazard Potential (WHP) for the conterminous United States (270-m GRID), version 2014 continuous
Edition: 1st
Geospatial_Data_Presentation_Form: raster digital data
Publication_Information:
Publication_Place: Fort Collins, CO
Publisher: Forest Service Research Data Archive
Online_Linkage: https://doi.org/10.2737/RDS-2015-0047
Cross_Reference:
Citation_Information:
Originator: Dillon, Gregory K.
Originator: Menakis, James
Originator: Fay, Frank
Publication_Date: 2015
Title:
Wildland fire potential: A tool for assessing wildfire risk and fuels management needs
Geospatial_Data_Presentation_Form: conference proceedings
Other_Citation_Details:
p. 60-76
Online_Linkage: https://www.fs.usda.gov/treesearch/pubs/49429
Larger_Work_Citation:
Citation_Information:
Originator: Keane, Robert E.
Originator: Jolly, Matt
Originator: Parsons, Russell
Originator: Riley, Karin
Publication_Date: 2015
Title:
Proceedings of the large wildland fires conference
Geospatial_Data_Presentation_Form: conference proceedings
Series_Information:
Series_Name: Proceedings
Issue_Identification: Proc. RMRS-P-73
Publication_Information:
Publication_Place: Fort Collins, CO
Publisher: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station
Other_Citation_Details:
May 19-23, 2014; Missoula, MT; 345 p.
Online_Linkage: https://www.fs.usda.gov/treesearch/pubs/49166
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Data_Quality_Information:
Attribute_Accuracy:
Attribute_Accuracy_Report:
WHP, by its nature, is an abstract index of fire potential. Its accuracy, therefore, cannot be quantitatively measured. It is intended to be a relative measure of wildfire hazard potential. The FSim burn probability (BP) used as a primary input to the WHP map was objectively evaluated and calibrated for each Fire Planning Unit (FPU) in CONUS, using historic reference data on fire size distributions and annual area burned. Some LANDFIRE fuels and vegetation data used as inputs have also been evaluated for efficacy and calibrated to meet the objectives of LANDFIRE. More information can be found at: https://www.landfire.gov/lf_evaluation.php.
Logical_Consistency_Report:
Values for non-burnable lands (6) and open water (7) were taken directly from the LANDFIRE 1.2.0 (2010) FBFM40 layer resampled to 270-meter (m) resolution. Water should also match exactly with all LANDFIRE 1.2.0 (2010) vegetation layers (e.g., Existing Vegetation Type) resampled to 270-m resolution.
Completeness_Report:
All pixels that are part of the land and water of the conterminous United States have valid non-zero values.
Lineage:
Source_Information:
Source_Citation:
Citation_Information:
Originator: US Forest Service Missoula Fire Sciences Laboratory
Publication_Date: 20140307
Publication_Time: 120000
Title:
Burn Probabilities for the Conterminous US (270-m GRID) from Calibrated FSim Runs for the 2014 FPA Submissions [bp_20140307]
Geospatial_Data_Presentation_Form: raster digital data
Other_Citation_Details:
Finney, M. A.; McHugh, C. W.; Grenfell, I. C.; Riley, K. L.; Short, K. C. 2011. A Simulation of Probabilistic Wildfire Risk Components for the Continental United States. Stochastic Environmental Research and Risk Assessment 25: 973-1000. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00477-011-0462-z
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Calendar_Date: 20101231
Source_Currentness_Reference:
ground condition
Source_Citation_Abbreviation:
FSim Burn Probability (BP)
Source_Contribution:
Burn probability modeled with FSim was a primary spatial input to calculating the large wildfire potential. This layer provided information about the overall probability of any 270 meter pixel experiencing a large fire of any intensity.
Source_Information:
Source_Citation:
Citation_Information:
Originator: US Forest Service Missoula Fire Sciences Laboratory
Publication_Date: 20140307
Publication_Time: 120000
Title:
Conditional Probabilities of Fire Intensity Levels 1-6 for the Conterminous US (270-m GRIDs) from Calibrated FSim Runs for the 2014 FPA Submissions [fil1_20140307, fil2_20140307, fil3_20140307, fil4_20140307, fil5_20140307, fil6_20140307]
Geospatial_Data_Presentation_Form: raster digital data
Other_Citation_Details:
Finney, M. A.; McHugh, C. W.; Grenfell, I. C.; Riley, K. L.; Short, K. C. 2011. A Simulation of Probabilistic Wildfire Risk Components for the Continental United States. Stochastic Environmental Research and Risk Assessment 25: 973-1000. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00477-011-0462-z
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Source_Time_Period_of_Content:
Time_Period_Information:
Single_Date/Time:
Calendar_Date: 20101231
Source_Currentness_Reference:
ground condition
Source_Citation_Abbreviation:
FSim FILs
Source_Contribution:
Conditional flame lengths modeld with FSim were a primary spatial input to calculating the large wildfire potential. This set of layers provided information about the conditional probability of particular fire intensity levels (i.e., likelihood of a particular intensity level, given a fire) for every 270 meter pixel.
Source_Information:
Source_Citation:
Citation_Information:
Originator: US Forest Service Missoula Fire Sciences Laboratory, Karen C. Short
Publication_Date: 20140428
Publication_Time: 120000
Title:
Spatial wildfire occurrence data for the United States, 1992-2012 [FPA_FOD_20140428]
Edition: 2nd Edition
Geospatial_Data_Presentation_Form: vector digital data
Other_Citation_Details:
Additional information is available in: Short, Karen C. 2014. A spatial database of wildfires in the United States, 1992-2011. Earth Systems Science Data 6:1-27. https://doi.org/10.5194/essd-6-1-2014
Online_Linkage: https://doi.org/10.2737/RDS-2013-0009.2
Type_of_Source_Media: online
Source_Time_Period_of_Content:
Time_Period_Information:
Range_of_Dates/Times:
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Ending_Date: 20121231
Source_Currentness_Reference:
ground condition
Source_Citation_Abbreviation:
FPA FOD
Source_Contribution:
The FPA point fire occurrence database (FPA FOD) was used to create a surface of small wildland fire potential. It was also used in the process of creating the burn probability (BP) and fire intensity level (FIL) rasters.
Source_Information:
Source_Citation:
Citation_Information:
Originator: LANDFIRE, U.S. Department of the Interior, Geological Survey
Publication_Date: 20130911
Publication_Time: 120000
Title:
LANDFIRE 1.2.0 40 Scott and Burgan Fire Behavior Fuel Models layer
Edition: 1.2.0
Geospatial_Data_Presentation_Form: raster digital data
Other_Citation_Details:
Scott, Joe H.; Burgan, Robert E. 2005. Standard fire behavior fuel models: a comprehensive set for use with Rothermel's surface fire spread model. Gen. Tech. Rep. RMRS-GTR-153. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. 72 p. https://doi.org/10.2737/rmrs-gtr-153
Online_Linkage: https://landfire.cr.usgs.gov/viewer/
Online_Linkage: https://www.landfire.gov/fuel.php
Type_of_Source_Media: online
Source_Time_Period_of_Content:
Time_Period_Information:
Single_Date/Time:
Calendar_Date: 20101231
Source_Currentness_Reference:
ground condition
Source_Citation_Abbreviation:
LANDFIRE FBFM40
Source_Contribution:
The LANDFIRE Fire Behavior Fuel Models layer was a primary input to the FSim BP and FIL datasets. It was used as an input at various points in the WHP mapping process, including spatially applying resistance to control weights and bringing in non-burnable and water.
Source_Information:
Source_Citation:
Citation_Information:
Originator: LANDFIRE, U.S. Department of the Interior, Geological Survey
Publication_Date: 20130911
Publication_Time: 120000
Title:
LANDFIRE 1.2.0 Forest Canopy Base Height layer
Edition: 1.2.0
Geospatial_Data_Presentation_Form: raster digital data
Other_Citation_Details:
Rollins, M. G. 2009. LANDFIRE: a nationally consistent vegetation, wildland fire, and fuel assessment. International Journal of Wildland Fire 18:235-249. https://doi.org/10.1071/WF08088
Online_Linkage: https://landfire.cr.usgs.gov/viewer/
Online_Linkage: https://www.landfire.gov/fuel.php
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Time_Period_Information:
Single_Date/Time:
Calendar_Date: 20101231
Source_Currentness_Reference:
ground condition
Source_Citation_Abbreviation:
LANDFIRE CBH
Source_Contribution:
The LANDFIRE Canopy Base Height layer was used to identify forest pixels for crown fire potential.
Source_Information:
Source_Citation:
Citation_Information:
Originator: LANDFIRE, U.S. Department of the Interior, Geological Survey
Publication_Date: 20130911
Publication_Time: 120000
Title:
LANDFIRE 1.2.0 Forest Canopy Cover layer
Edition: 1.2.0
Geospatial_Data_Presentation_Form: raster digital data
Other_Citation_Details:
Rollins, M. G. 2009. LANDFIRE: a nationally consistent vegetation, wildland fire, and fuel assessment. International Journal of Wildland Fire 18:235-249. https://doi.org/10.1071/WF08088
Online_Linkage: https://landfire.cr.usgs.gov/viewer/
Online_Linkage: https://www.landfire.gov/fuel.php
Type_of_Source_Media: online
Source_Time_Period_of_Content:
Time_Period_Information:
Single_Date/Time:
Calendar_Date: 20101231
Source_Currentness_Reference:
ground condition
Source_Citation_Abbreviation:
LANDFIRE Forest CC
Source_Contribution:
The LANDFIRE Forest Canopy Cover layer was used to identify forest pixels for crown fire potential.
Source_Information:
Source_Citation:
Citation_Information:
Originator: LANDFIRE, U.S. Department of the Interior, Geological Survey
Publication_Date: 20130911
Publication_Time: 120000
Title:
LANDFIRE 1.2.0 Forest Canopy Height layer
Edition: 1.2.0
Geospatial_Data_Presentation_Form: raster digital data
Other_Citation_Details:
Rollins, M. G. 2009. LANDFIRE: a nationally consistent vegetation, wildland fire, and fuel assessment. International Journal of Wildland Fire 18:235-249. https://doi.org/10.1071/WF08088
Online_Linkage: https://www.landfire.gov/fuel.php
Online_Linkage: https://landfire.cr.usgs.gov/viewer/
Type_of_Source_Media: online
Source_Time_Period_of_Content:
Time_Period_Information:
Single_Date/Time:
Calendar_Date: 20101231
Source_Currentness_Reference:
ground condition
Source_Citation_Abbreviation:
LANDFIRE Forest CH
Source_Contribution:
The LANDFIRE Forest Canopy Height layer was used to identify forest pixels for crown fire potential.
Source_Information:
Source_Citation:
Citation_Information:
Originator: LANDFIRE, U.S. Department of the Interior, Geological Survey
Publication_Date: 20130911
Publication_Time: 120000
Title:
LANDFIRE 1.2.0 Existing Vegetation Type layer
Edition: 1.2.0
Geospatial_Data_Presentation_Form: raster digital data
Other_Citation_Details:
Rollins, M. G. 2009. LANDFIRE: a nationally consistent vegetation, wildland fire, and fuel assessment. International Journal of Wildland Fire 18:235-249. https://doi.org/10.1071/WF08088
Online_Linkage: https://www.landfire.gov/vegetation.php
Online_Linkage: https://landfire.cr.usgs.gov/viewer/
Type_of_Source_Media: online
Source_Time_Period_of_Content:
Time_Period_Information:
Single_Date/Time:
Calendar_Date: 20101231
Source_Currentness_Reference:
ground condition
Source_Citation_Abbreviation:
LANDFIRE EVT
Source_Contribution:
The LANDFIRE Existing Vegetation Data layer was used to identify chaparral pixels for crown fire potential, and for spatially applying resistance to control weights to create the final WHP.
Source_Information:
Source_Citation:
Citation_Information:
Originator: LANDFIRE, U.S. Department of the Interior, Geological Survey
Publication_Date: 20130911
Publication_Time: 120000
Title:
LANDFIRE 1.2.0 Existing Vegetation Cover layer
Edition: 1.2.0
Geospatial_Data_Presentation_Form: raster digital data
Other_Citation_Details:
Rollins, M. G. 2009. LANDFIRE: a nationally consistent vegetation, wildland fire, and fuel assessment. International Journal of Wildland Fire 18:235-249. https://doi.org/10.1071/WF08088
Online_Linkage: https://www.landfire.gov/vegetation.php
Online_Linkage: https://landfire.cr.usgs.gov/viewer/
Type_of_Source_Media: online
Source_Time_Period_of_Content:
Time_Period_Information:
Single_Date/Time:
Calendar_Date: 20101231
Source_Currentness_Reference:
ground condition
Source_Citation_Abbreviation:
LANDFIRE EVC
Source_Contribution:
The LANDFIRE Existing Vegetation Cover layer was used to identify chaparral pixels for crown fire potential.
Process_Step:
Process_Description:
Step 1: Multiply overall burn probability for each flame length to get actual probabilities for each flame length class.
Source_Used_Citation_Abbreviation:
FSim FILs
Source_Used_Citation_Abbreviation:
FSim Burn Probability (BP)
Process_Date: 20141020
Process_Step:
Process_Description:
Step 2: Weight the probabilities in each flame length class by the potential hazard they represent, including higher weights for places with crown fire potential, and sum them to derive a measure of large wildfire potential.
Source_Used_Citation_Abbreviation:
LANDFIRE CBH
Source_Used_Citation_Abbreviation:
LANDFIRE EVT
Source_Used_Citation_Abbreviation:
LANDFIRE Forest CH
Source_Used_Citation_Abbreviation:
LANDFIRE EVC
Source_Used_Citation_Abbreviation:
LANDFIRE Forest CC
Process_Date: 20141020
Process_Step:
Process_Description:
Step 3: Create a separate surface of small wildfire potential based on ignition locations for fires smaller than 300 acres (generally not accounted for in FSim).
Source_Used_Citation_Abbreviation:
FPA FOD
Process_Date: 20141020
Process_Step:
Process_Description:
Step 4: Integrate the large wildfire potential created in process steps 1-2 with the small wildfire potential created in process step 3. This was done by weighting each according to its relative contribution to total wildfire potential, then adding the weighted values.
Process_Date: 20141020
Process_Step:
Process_Description:
Step 5: Apply a set of resistance to control weights based on fireline construction rates in different fuel types
Source_Used_Citation_Abbreviation:
LANDFIRE EVT
Source_Used_Citation_Abbreviation:
LANDFIRE FBFM40
Process_Date: 20141020
Process_Step:
Process_Description:
Step 6: Convert WHP values to integers, then evaluate the statistical distribution of WHP values and classify them into fire classes: very high, high, moderate, low, very low. Add in non-burnable and water from the LANDFIRE FBFM40 layer to produce the final classified WHP.
Source_Used_Citation_Abbreviation:
LANDFIRE FBFM40
Process_Date: 20141020
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Spatial_Data_Organization_Information:
Direct_Spatial_Reference_Method: Raster
Raster_Object_Information:
Raster_Object_Type: Grid Cell
Row_Count: 10803
Column_Count: 17133
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Spatial_Reference_Information:
Horizontal_Coordinate_System_Definition:
Planar:
Map_Projection:
Map_Projection_Name: NAD 1983 Albers
Planar_Coordinate_Information:
Planar_Coordinate_Encoding_Method: coordinate pair
Coordinate_Representation:
Abscissa_Resolution: 0.00000000375279807229845
Ordinate_Resolution: 0.00000000375279807229845
Planar_Distance_Units: meter
Geodetic_Model:
Horizontal_Datum_Name: D North American 1983
Ellipsoid_Name: GRS 1980
Semi-major_Axis: 6378137
Denominator_of_Flattening_Ratio: 298.257222101
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Entity_and_Attribute_Information:
Detailed_Description:
Entity_Type:
Entity_Type_Label: whp2014_cls.vat
Entity_Type_Definition:
Classes of Wildlfire Hazard Potential
Entity_Type_Definition_Source:
None
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: COUNT
Attribute_Definition:
Number of pixels in each class
Attribute_Definition_Source:
ESRI
Attribute_Domain_Values:
Unrepresentable_Domain:
Number of pixels in each class.
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: Rowid
Attribute_Definition:
Internal feature number.
Attribute_Definition_Source:
ESRI
Attribute_Domain_Values:
Unrepresentable_Domain:
Sequential unique whole numbers that are automatically generated.
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: VALUE
Attribute_Definition:
Numeric WHP class values
Attribute_Definition_Source:
None
Attribute_Domain_Values:
Enumerated_Domain:
Enumerated_Domain_Value: 7
Enumerated_Domain_Value_Definition:
Water
Enumerated_Domain_Value_Definition_Source:
LANDFIRE FBFM40: fuel model NB8 (open water)
Attribute_Domain_Values:
Enumerated_Domain:
Enumerated_Domain_Value: 6
Enumerated_Domain_Value_Definition:
Non-burnable land
Enumerated_Domain_Value_Definition_Source:
LANDFIRE FBFM40: fuel models NB1 (urban or suburban development), NB2 (snow/ice), NB3 (agricultural field), NB9 (bare ground)
Attribute_Domain_Values:
Enumerated_Domain:
Enumerated_Domain_Value: 5
Enumerated_Domain_Value_Definition:
Very High WHP
Enumerated_Domain_Value_Definition_Source:
None
Attribute_Domain_Values:
Enumerated_Domain:
Enumerated_Domain_Value: 4
Enumerated_Domain_Value_Definition:
High WHP
Enumerated_Domain_Value_Definition_Source:
None
Attribute_Domain_Values:
Enumerated_Domain:
Enumerated_Domain_Value: 3
Enumerated_Domain_Value_Definition:
Moderate WHP
Enumerated_Domain_Value_Definition_Source:
None
Attribute_Domain_Values:
Enumerated_Domain:
Enumerated_Domain_Value: 2
Enumerated_Domain_Value_Definition:
Low WHP
Enumerated_Domain_Value_Definition_Source:
None
Attribute_Domain_Values:
Enumerated_Domain:
Enumerated_Domain_Value: 1
Enumerated_Domain_Value_Definition:
Very Low WHP
Enumerated_Domain_Value_Definition_Source:
None
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: CLASS_DESC
Attribute_Definition:
Description of each wildfire hazard potential class
Attribute_Domain_Values:
Unrepresentable_Domain:
Description of each wildfire hazard potential class
Overview_Description:
Entity_and_Attribute_Overview:
This dataset represents wildlfire hazard potential (WHP) in six classes: 1) very low, 2) low, 3) moderate, 4) high, and 5) very high. In addition, non-burnable lands (6) and open water (7) are represented as separate classes.

Also included in the download are the following files:

\Supplements\whp_2014_cls_lettersize.jpg: JPEG image file containing a letter sized map of the classified (very low, low, moderate, high, very high) wildfire hazard potential (WHP) plus non-burnable lands and water. (Resolution: 300 dots per inch [DPI] at 8.5x11 inches)

\Supplements\whp_2014_cls_midsize.jpg: JPEG image file containing a moderate sized map of the classified (very low, low, moderate, high, very high) wildfire hazard potential (WHP) plus non-burnable lands and water. (Resolution: 96 DPI at 44x34 inches, scales well for printing anything smaller than poster size)

\Supplements\whp_2014_cls_postersize.jpg: JPEG image file containing a poster sized map of the classified (very low, low, moderate, high, very high) wildfire hazard potential (WHP) plus non-burnable lands and water. (Resolution: 200 DPI at 44x34 inches)

\Supplements\wfp2012_to_whp2014_ChangeSummary.pdf: PDF/a file containing a description of the relationship between the 2012 Wildland Fire Potential (WFP) and 2014 Wildfire Hazard Potential (WHP) datasets.
Entity_and_Attribute_Detail_Citation:
Dillon, Gregory K.; Menakis, James; Fay, Frank. 2015. Wildland fire potential: A tool for assessing wildfire risk and fuels management needs. In: Keane, Robert E.; Jolly, Matt; Parsons, Russell; Riley, Karin. Proceedings of the large wildland fires conference; May 19-23, 2014; Missoula, MT. Proc. RMRS-P-73. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. p. 60-76. https://www.fs.usda.gov/treesearch/pubs/49429
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Contact_Information:
Contact_Organization_Primary:
Contact_Organization: USDA Forest Service, Research and Development
Contact_Position: Research Data Archivist
Contact_Address:
Address_Type: mailing and physical
Address: 240 West Prospect Road
City: Fort Collins
State_or_Province: CO
Postal_Code: 80526
Country: USA
Contact_Voice_Telephone: see Contact Instructions
Contact Instructions: This contact information was current as of June 2019. For current information see Contact Us page on: https://doi.org/10.2737/RDS.
Resource_Description: RDS-2015-0046
Distribution_Liability:
Metadata documents have been reviewed for accuracy and completeness. Unless otherwise stated, all data and related materials are considered to satisfy the quality standards relative to the purpose for which the data were collected. However, neither the author, the Archive, nor any part of the federal government can assure the reliability or suitability of these data for a particular purpose. The act of distribution shall not constitute any such warranty, and no responsibility is assumed for a user's application of these data or related materials.

The metadata, data, or related materials may be updated without notification. If a user believes errors are present in the metadata, data or related materials, please use the information in (1) Identification Information: Point of Contact, (2) Metadata Reference: Metadata Contact, or (3) Distribution Information: Distributor to notify the author or the Archive of the issues.
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Network_Address:
Network_Resource_Name: https://apps.fs.usda.gov/fsgisx01/rest/services/RDW_Wildfire/RMRS_WildfireHazardPotential_2014/MapServer
Fees: None
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Metadata_Reference_Information:
Metadata_Date: 20190626
Metadata_Contact:
Contact_Information:
Contact_Organization_Primary:
Contact_Organization: USDA Forest Service, Fire Modeling Institute (FMI)
Contact_Person: Greg Dillon
Contact_Position: Spatial Fire Analyst
Contact_Address:
Address_Type: mailing and physical
Address: Missoula Fire Sciences Laboratory
City: Missoula
State_or_Province: MT
Postal_Code: 59808
Contact_Voice_Telephone: 406-329-4800
Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address: fmi@fs.fed.us
Contact Instructions: https://www.firelab.org/fmi
Metadata_Standard_Name: FGDC Content Standard for Digital Geospatial Metadata
Metadata_Standard_Version: FGDC-STD-001-1998
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