Announcements

MTBS has removed several attribute fields from the National Burned Area Boundaries Dataset. The removed fields are Data Version, Revision Code, and Release Date.

MTBS released 554 new and revised fires to MTBS.gov bringing the total number of fires mapped by the project to 19,189. This data release contains the remaining 2014 fires. With this release the MTBS data record now spans the years 1984 through 2014.

At the beginning of the MTBS project (2006), Landsat imagery was not freely available and the project could not purchase more than two Landsat scenes per year for any path/row. Consequently, ideal imagery was not always used to map each fire. Image selection was often a compromise between optimum phenology and the number of fires that could be mapped.

MTBS released an additional 731 fires to MTBS.gov bringing the total number of fires mapped by the project to 19,227. This data release contains the remaining 2013 fires and a portion of the fires from the 2014 fire season. With this release the MTBS data record now covers the years 1984 through 2013 (the remaining 2014 fires will be published in December 2015).

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.