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Page Title - What's New in the MTBS Project?

Animated Fire imageData Release (October 1, 2014): MTBS released an additional 563 fires to MTBS.gov bringing the total number of fires mapped by the project to 18,497. This data release contains a portion of the fires from the 2013 fire season and Texas historical fires from 1984-2012. With this release the MTBS data record now covers the years 1984 through a portion of 2013 (the remaining 2013 fires will be published next spring).

Animated Fire imageNew File Naming Convention Applied to All Fires (October 1, 2014): The new file naming convention, originally announced on July 31, 2013, has now been applied to all fires in the MTBS archive. We are re-releasing all 1984-2010 fires with their new file names. Please note the originally released data has not changed.  The fire IDs and file naming convention have only been adapted to adhere to the new convention.  Please reference MTBSNamesXwalk (pdf or txt) for a crosswalk of the old naming conventions to the corresponding new names.

Animated Fire imageData Release (April 16, 2014): MTBS released an additional 911 fires to MTBS.gov bringing the total number of fires mapped by the project to 17,936. This data release covers only new fires mapped for the 2012 fire season. With this release the MTBS data record now covers the years 1984 through 2012.

Animated Fire ImageNew Fire Type Added to MTBS Data Record (April 16, 2014): The MTBS project has mapped over 2,722 discovered fires covering over 11.8 million acres. Historically, all fire types were assumed to be wildfire (WF) unless they were specifically reported as a prescribed fire (RX) or wildland fire use (WFU) in the original source data. Since discovered fires had no original source data these fires fell into the default WF fire type category resulting in skewed reporting for the WF fire type. Over time, the cumulative impact of including discovered fires in the WF acreage has reached a point where it needed to be addressed. To correct this over-reporting the MTBS project has added a new fire type called unknown (UNK). The fire type associated with discovered fires has been changed to UNK throughout the MTBS data record (1984-2012) and will be reported as such in future data releases.

Animated fire imageData Refresh Complete(August 30, 2013): MTBS has refreshed the 1984 through 2010 data record with new and revised mappings for this timeframe. New and revised mappings in this release are identifiable with a release date of 8/31/2013.

Animated fire imageMTBS Data Access Interruption (August 19, 2013): Over the next two weeks MTBS will be refreshing the 1984 through 2010 data record with new and revised mappings for this timeframe. New and revised mappings in this upcoming release will be identifiable with a release date of 8/31/2013. The 2011 MTBS data, released on 7/31/2013, will not be impacted by this refresh activity.

Old data will be replaced with the refreshed data on a year by year basis working from 2010 back to 1984. Downloadable data and data summaries will not be in agreement until the refresh is complete.

A message will be posted here in the What’s New section when the refresh is complete.

Animated fire imageData Release (July 31, 2013): MTBS released an additional 1,740 fires to MTBS.gov bringing the total number of fires mapped by the project to 16,685. This data release covers only new fires mapped for the 2011 fire season. With this release the MTBS data record now covers the years 1984 through 2011.

Animated fire imageFile Naming Conventions for MTBS are Changing (July 31, 2013): There have been many changes to naming conventions used in MTBS that were implemented with mapping of the 2011 fires and will be carried forward into the future. Eventually these naming conventions will be retroactively applied to the 1984 to 2010 data record. With the release of the 2011 data record the MTBS web site now contains a mix of the old and the new naming conventions. The MTBS web site will be updated to reflect the new naming conventions once the entire data record (1984 to 2011 and forward) is in the new format. Until then please reference MTBSNamesXwalk.pdf for a crosswalk of the old naming conventions to the corresponding new names.

Animated fire imageMTBS Map Services (July 11, 2013): MTBS is now publishing a web map service (WMS) for MTBS fire occurrence points, burn area boundaries and burn severity data. See the National Geospatial Data web page for details on this service and directions on how it can be accessed.

Animated fire imageMTBS Data Access Interruption (December 18, 2012): Due to server maintenance being conducted during the week of December 17th, access to MTBS data products may be temporarily interrupted or unavailable.

Animated fire imagePDF Maps and Reporting Summaries Data Updated (November 8, 2012): A second data anomaly was discovered after the April 2012 web release. The anomaly affected the PDF maps and data accessed through the MTBS Reporting Summaries web page. The data anomaly has been corrected for the 115 affected fires. The GIS Data and KMZs were not affected by the anomaly.

Animated fire image2010 MTBS Reporting Summaries Data Updated (June 12, 2012): A data anomaly was discovered after the April 2012 web release. The anomaly affects only the 2010 data accessed through the MTBS Reporting Summaries web page. The data anomaly has been corrected. The 2010 data downloads (GIS Data, PDFs, and KMZs) were not affected by the anomaly.

Animated fire imageData Release (April 30, 2012): MTBS released an additional 1,325 fires to MTBS.gov bringing the total number of fires mapped by the project to 14,944. This data release covers only new fires mapped for the 2010 fire season. With this release the MTBS data record now covers the years 1984 through 2010.

Animated fire imageEnhanced Search Features for MTBS Data Analysis (December 29, 2011): Two additional search features were added to the MTBS Reporting Summaries web page which allows users to further customize tabular and graphical summaries of MTBS data. Enhancements include a Linear Search and a Seasonal Search, each of which facilitate targeted searches and a unique rendering of the results for more robust data assessment and analysis.

Animated fire imageModification to Burn Severity Mosaics (December 29, 2011): In response to user requests, the regional annual thematic burn severity raster data seamless mosaics broken out by MTBS mapping zone are being replaced with a series of national mosaics. The new national seamless mosaicked datasets are available in ERDAS Imagine format for the Continental US, Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico on an annual basis from the National Geospatial Data web page.

Animated fire imageData Release (December 16, 2011): MTBS released an additional 1,119 fires to MTBS.gov bringing the total number of fires mapped by the project to 13,619. This data release includes all mapped fires for the 2009 fire season. With this release the MTBS data record now includes all years from 1984 through 2009.

Animated fire imageData Release (April 22, 2011): MTBS released an additional 1,551 fires to MTBS.gov bringing the total number of fires mapped by the project to 12,505. This data release includes newly released data as well as revisions for specified fires within the following MTBS zones and years:

Animated fire image(April 4, 2011): Registration is now open for the Geospatial Assessment and Application of Burn Severity Data training webinar. This webinar will cover three major burn severity mapping programs in the United States: BAER, RAVG, and MTBS. This training is open to all federal land management agencies, and will focus on general awareness of the programs as well as GIS techniques needed to utilize these data in your work.
Please see http://www.fs.fed.us/eng/rsac/baer/training.html for more information and the registration link.

Animated fire imageData Release (October 1, 2010): MTBS released an additional 124 fires to MTBS.gov bringing the total number of fires mapped by the project to 10,989. This data release includes newly released data as well as revisions for specified fires within the following MTBS zones and years:

Please note that the Data Version tab in the MTBS Data Search and Distribution Tools allows users to query for either original or revised datasets, or both. All search results are returned with each fire noted as "Original" or "Revised" in the version column of the query results page in addition to displaying the reason for the revision in the revision code column.

Animated fire imageData Release (July 31, 2010): MTBS released an additional 1,627 fires to MTBS.gov bringing the total number of fires mapped by the project to 10,877. This data release includes newly released data as well as revisions for specified fires within the following MTBS zones and years:

Please note that the Data Version tab in the MTBS Data Search and Distribution Tools allows users to query for either original or revised datasets, or both. All search results are returned with each fire noted as "Original" or "Revised" in the version column of the query results page in addition to displaying the reason for the revision in the revision code column.

Animated fire imageData Release (April 30, 2010): MTBS released an additional 1,064 fires to MTBS.gov. This release includes nationwide 2008 fires only. To search for this newly released data, users can query the database by creating a Temporal Data Search by choosing either the Release Date radio button and selecting 04/30/2010 from the dropdown menu or by choosing the Fire Occurrence Date radio button and selecting the date range January 1, 2008 thru December 31, 2008.

Users of MTBS data should also be aware that until the completion of the project in 2012, revisions of fire datasets will be ongoing. The MTBS project is currently undergoing a quality control review of previously released fire datasets due to a mapping protocol change as well as improved feedback from regional and local fire ecologists. The anticipated schedule for posting revised fire datasets by MTBS zone is as follows and is subject to change:

Please contact the MTBS project via email if you have questions or concerns regarding these revisions

Animated fire imageMTBS Workshop (November 30, 2009): MTBS hosted a one day workshop at the 4th International Fire Ecology & Management Congress in Savannah, GA. The workshop objective was to introduce participants to the concepts and principles used by MTBS to map fire severity using remote sensing. Participants learned how to access MTBS data via the project website, customize MTBS fire severity data for specific user needs, integrate and analyze these data with local GIS map layers, and how this information can support management decisions. The slide show presentations and self-paced exercises that were created to meet the objectives of the workshop will be available for download from the Tech Transfer page in the coming months.

Animated fire imageData Release (November 18, 2009): MTBS released an additional 2,172 fires to MTBS.gov. This update includes nationwide 2007 fires as well as any revised fire datasets that have undergone quality control review. To exclusively search for this newly released data, users can query the database by creating a Temporal Data Search and choosing Release Date 2009-11-18 from the dropdown menu.

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