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.
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.
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.
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.
Due to server maintenance being conducted during the week of December 17th, access to MTBS data products may be temporarily interrupted or unavailable.
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 corrected fires. The GIS Data and KMZs were not affected by the anomaly.