MTBS has released the remaining 716 fire mappings for 2018, bringing the total release for 2018 fires to 1,129.
On June 25, 2020, the "Changes to the Monitoring Trends in Burn Severity program mapping production procedures and data products" paper was released in the journal Fire Ecology (https://doi.org/10.1186/s42408-020-00076-y). This paper describes how the MTBS program's burned area and burn severity mapping methods have changed through time, and how these changes subsequently affect
Prior to the MTBS.gov website update in Summer 2017, this dataset had multipart features displaying a separate record for each polygon (i.e., multipart features exploded). In the current version of the website, multipart features in the attribute table have been modified to reflect a one-to-one relationship to the number of published fires (i.e., multipart features unexploded). Therefore, the number of records in the attribute table is reduced and accounts for the discrepancy in the number of records between the two versions.