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.
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.
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.
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.
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.