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Spatial wildfire occurrence data for the United States, 1992-2011 [FPA_FOD_20130422] (1st Edition)

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Author: Short, Karen C.

This data publication contains a spatial database of wildfires that occurred in the United States from 1992 to 2011, 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 publication: 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 nearly 1.6 million geo-referenced wildfire records, representing a total of 113 million acres burned during the 20-year period.