The Plot Description (PD) form is used to describe general characteristics of the FIREMON macroplot to provide ecological context for data analyses. The PD data characterize the topographical setting, geographic reference point, general plant composition and cover, ground cover, fuels, and soils information. This method provides the general ecological data that can be used to stratify or aggregate fire monitoring results. The PD method also has comment fields that allow for documentation of plot conditions and location using photos and notes. The key for the FIREMON database—made up of the Registration Key, Project ID, Plot Number, and Date—is part of the PD form.