Data Quality Review (April 1, 2016)

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.

Data Release (April 1, 2015)

MTBS released an additional 731 fires to 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).