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June 2015


NWCG data standards provide specifications that enable the common usage of data across wildland fire information systems.

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Approved Data Standards

The NWCG Data Standards and Terminology Subcommittee has approved the following data standards. Detailed information regarding each data standard is available by clicking on the data standard name.

Data Element Standards

Status, Date Name Version Description
Approved, 10/10/2002Country Code1.0This standard adopts the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) standard for two-letter country codes. [validated: 10/10/2002; next validation: 12/31/2013]
Approved, 6/10/2010Country Subdivision Code1.0This standard adopts the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) standard for country subdivision codes of up to three alpha-numeric characters. This standard replaces the NWCG State Code standard. [validated: 6/10/2010; next validation: 12/31/2013]
Approved, 4/10/2008County Code1.0This standard adopts the Federal Information Process Standards (FIPS) publication 6-4 for representation of counties and equivalent entities as a three-digit code. [validated: 4/20/2009; recommendation: revise]
Approved, 7/30/2002Date1.0This data standard specifies a standard format for calendar date. [validated: 7/30/2002; next validation: 12/31/2013]
Approved, 5/6/2004Employment Category1.0The type of employment appointment or agreement under which a person is hired. [validated: 5/6/2004; next validation: 12/31/2013]
Approved, 6/15/2004Event Kind & Category1.0This data standard specifies general, high-level codes and descriptions to be used in categorizing the types of incidents and planned events to which the interagency wildland fire community responds. [validated: 6/15/2004; next validation: 12/31/2013]
Approved, 7/11/2008Final Fire Acre Quantity1.0This data standard provides a standard format and definition for the measure of acres within the final perimeter of a fire. [validated: 7/11/2008; next validation: 12/31/2013]
Approved, 7/21/2008Fire Containment Date & Time1.0This standard provides a standard format and definition for the date and time a wildfire was declared contained. [validated: 7/21/2008; next validation: 12/31/2013]
Approved, 6/16/2008Fire Control Date & Time1.0This standard provides a standard format and definition for the date and time a wildfire was declared under control. [validated: 6/16/2008; next validation: 12/31/2013]
Approved, 4/10/2008Fire Discovery Date & Time1.0This data standard provides a standard format and definition for the date and time a fire was discovered or confirmed to exist. [validated: 4/10/2008; next validation: 12/31/2013]
Approved, 4/10/2008Fire Initial Action Date & Time1.0This data standard provides a standard format and definition for the date and time that initial action was taken by the first resources to arrive at a fire. [validated: 4/10/2008; next validation: 12/31/2013]
Approved, 6/16/2008Fire Out Date & Time1.0This data standard provides a standard format and definition for the date and time when a fire is declared "out". [validated: 6/16/2008; next validation: 12/31/2013]
Approved, 4/10/2008Fire Report Approver Name1.0This data standard provides a standard format and definition for the name of the person that approved the fire report. [validated: 4/10/2008; next validation: 12/31/2013]
Approved, 4/10/2008Fire Report Provider Name1.0This data standard provides a standard format and definition for the name of the person that provided the data for the fire report. [validated: 4/10/2008; next validation: 12/31/2013]
Approved, 4/10/2008Fire Reporting Agency Unit Identifier1.0This data standard adopts the NWCG Unit Identifier data standard to identify the agency preparing a fire report. [validated: 4/10/2008; next validation: 12/31/2013]
Approved, 8/18/2008Fire Resource Kind, Category & Type1.0This data standard provides standard formats and definitions for a three-tier classification (kind, category, and type) of operational resources available to respond to a fire. [validated: 8/15/2008; next validation: 12/31/2013]
Approved, 12/17/2012Fire Size Class1.0This data standard provides a standard code and definition for classifying a fire into one of several ranges of fire size based on the number of acres within the final fire perimeter. [validated: 12/17/2012; next validation: 12/17/2014]
Approved, 5/18/2005FireCode1.0This data standard specifies the standard format and rules for FireCode, a code used within the interagency wildland fire community to track and compile cost information for emergency fire suppression expenditures. [validated: 5/18/2005; next validation: 12/31/2013]
Approved, 3/8/2004Frequency Use Designator1.0This data standard provides a standard list of designators for the kind of communications that will occur on an assigned radio frequency. [validated: 3/8/2004; next validation: 12/31/2013]
Approved, 2/16/2006Geographic Area (GA) Code & Name1.0This data standard provides a code and name for each of the wildland fire geographic areas. [validated: 2/16/2006; next validation: 12/31/2013]
Approved, 5/21/2015Geographic Area Coordination Center (GACC) Code & Name 2.0 This data standard provides a code and name for each of the wildland fire geographic area coordination centers. [validated: 5/21/2015; next validation: 12/31/2018]
Approved, 5/21/2015Geographic Coordinating Area (GCA) Code & Name 2.0 This data standard provides a code and name for each of the wildland fire geographic coordinating areas. [validated: 5/21/2015; next validation: 12/31/2018]
Approved, 12/17/2012Horizontal Datum Code1.0This data standard provides a code and name for each of the point coordinate reference systems used within the interagency wildland fire community. [validated: 12/17/2012; next validation: 12/17/2014]
Approved, 8/18/2008Incident Name1.0This data standard provides a standard format for storing the name of an incident. [validated: 8/15/2008; next validation: 12/31/2013]
Approved, 12/17/2012Incident Personnel Fatality Quantity1.0This data standard provides a standard definition and format for the total number of deaths of personnel assigned to an incident. [validated: 12/17/2012; next validation: 12/17/2014]
Approved, 12/17/2012Incident Personnel Injury & Illness Quantity1.0This data standard provides a standard definition and format for the total number of reportable occupational injuries and illnesses that occurred in conjunction with an incident. [validated: 12/17/2012; next validation: 12/17/2014]
Approved, 8/18/2008Initial Fire Strategy Designator1.0This data standard provides a standard format and definition of the fire strategy initially used on a wildland fire. [validated: 8/15/2008; next validation: 12/31/2013]
Approved, 6/16/2008Initial Fire Strategy Met Indicator1.0This data standard provides a standard format for indicating whether the objectives of the initial fire strategy used on a fire were attained. [validated: 6/16/2008; next validation: 12/31/2013]
Approved, 6/16/2008Initial Response Resource Quantity1.0This data standard provides a standard format and definition for reporting the total number of fire resources (by kind, category, and type) used during initial response. [validated: 6/16/2008; next validation: 12/31/2013]
Approved, 6/16/2008Land Owner Kind & Category1.0This data standard provides a two-tier classification (kind and category) of land ownership. [validated: 6/16/2008; next validation: 12/31/2013]
Approved, 12/15/2006Latitude1.0This data standard specifies a standard format for latitude. [validated: 12/15/2006; next validation: 12/31/2013]
Approved, 6/16/2008Local Fire Report Identifier1.0This data standard specifies the standard format and rules for a number or code that uniquely identifies an incident report for a particular reporting unit and a particular calendar year. [validated: 6/16/2008; next validation: 12/31/2013]
Approved, 6/16/2008Local Incident Identifier1.0This data standard specifies the standard format and rules for a number or code that uniquely identifies an incident for a particular local fire management organization within a particular calendar year. [validated: 6/16/2008; next validation: 12/31/2013]
Approved, 12/15/2006Longitude1.0This data standard specifies a standard format for longitude. [validated: 12/15/2006; next validation: 12/31/2013]
Approved, 8/18/2008Management Complexity Level Designator1.0This data standard provides a standard code and definition for identifying the highest management level utilized to manage a wildland fire event. [validated: 8/15/2008; next validation: 12/31/2013]
Approved, 7/2/2009National Fire Danger Adjective Class Rating1.0This data standard provides a standard code and definition for describing the potential initiation, spread, and difficulty of control of wildfires in an area. [validated: 7/6/2009; next validation: 12/31/2013]
Approved, 7/2/2009National Fire Danger Rating System Fuel Model1.0This data standard provides a standard code and definition for identifying the NFDRS Fuel Model representing the predominant fuel bed across a fire area. [validated: 7/6/2009; next validation: 12/31/2013]
Approved, 6/16/2008Other Structures Destroyed Quantity1.0This data standard provides a standard format and definition for reporting the total number of structures, other than residences, destroyed as a result of a fire. [validated: 6/16/2008; next validation: 12/31/2013]
Approved, 6/16/2008Other Structures Threatened Quantity1.0This data standard provides a standard format and definition for reporting the total number of structures, other than residences, threatened by a fire. [validated: 6/16/2008; next validation: 12/31/2013]
Approved, 8/18/2008Point of Origin Accuracy Descriptor1.0This data standard provides a standard format and definition for describing the methods used to determine the certainty and precision of the fire location at the point of origin. [validated: 8/15/2008; next validation: 12/31/2013]
Approved, 12/17/2012Point of Origin Aspect Code1.0This data standard provides a standard code and definition for describing the direction toward which the predominate slope faces at the point of origin of a fire. [validated: 12/17/2012; next validation: 12/17/2014]
Approved, 6/16/2008Point of Origin County Code1.0This data standard adopts the NWCG County Code data standard for identifying the county or equivalent entity at the point of origin of a fire. [validated: 6/16/2008; next validation: 12/31/2013]
Approved, 6/16/2008Point of Origin Datum1.0This data standard adopts the proposed NWCG Horizontal Datum data standard for identifying the datum associated with the coordinates of the point of origin of a fire. [validated: 6/16/2008; next validation: 12/31/2013]
Approved, 7/2/2009Point of Origin Fire Intensity Level1.0This data standard provides a standard code and definition for expressing the fire intensity during the initial response. [validated: 7/6/2009; next validation: 12/31/2013]
Approved, 8/18/2008Point of Origin Land Owner Kind & Category1.0This data standard adopts the NWCG Land Owner Kind & Category data standard for identifying the owner at the point of origin at the time of an incident. [validated: 8/15/2008; next validation: 12/31/2013]
Approved, 7/21/2008Point of Origin Latitude1.0This data standard adopts the NWCG Latitude data standard for identifying the latitude location of the point of origin of a fire. [validated: 7/21/2008; next validation: 12/31/2013]
Approved, 7/21/2008Point of Origin Longitude1.0This data standard adopts the NWCG Longitude data standard for identifying the longitude location of the point of origin of a fire. [validated: 7/21/2008; next validation: 12/31/2013]
Approved, 6/16/2008Point of Origin Responsible Agency Unit Identifier1.0This data standard adopts the NWCG Unit Identifier data standard to identify the agency with primary fire protection responsibility at the point of origin of a fire. [validated: 6/16/2008; next validation: 12/31/2013]
Approved, 12/17/2012Point of Origin Slope1.0This data standard provides a standard format and definition for reporting the typical slope in the immediate vicinity of the point of origin of a fire. [validated: 12/17/2012; next validation: 12/17/2014]
Approved, 6/16/2008Point of Origin State Code1.0This data standard adopts the NWCG State Code data standard to identify the state or equivalent entity at the point of origin of a fire. [validated: 6/16/2008; next validation: 12/31/2013]
Approved, 2/15/2005Position Code & Position Title1.0This data standard provides a code (mnemonic) and title for each position used in incident management response. [validated: 2/15/2005; next validation: 12/31/2013]
Approved, 4/10/2008Prescribed Fire Escape Indicator1.0This data standard provides a standard format and definition for indicating whether a wildfire resulted from an escaped prescribed fire. [validated: 4/10/2008; next validation: 12/31/2013]
Approved, 4/10/2008Primary Weather Station Identifier1.0This data standard adopts the NWCG NFDRS Weather Station Standards six-digit identifiers for identifying the NFDRS weather station best representing weather and climate conditions for an incident site at the time of initial response. [validated: 4/10/2008; next validation: 12/31/2013]
Approved, 6/16/2008Residences Destroyed Quantity1.0This data standard provides a standard format and definition for reporting the total number of residences destroyed, or damaged to an extent requiring rebuilding, as a result of a fire. [validated: 6/16/2008; next validation: 12/31/2013]
Approved, 7/21/2008Residences Threatened Quantity1.0This data standard provides a standard format and definition for reporting the total number of residences threatened by the fire. [validated: 7/21/2008; next validation: 12/31/2013]
Approved, 6/16/2008Special Land Designator1.0This data standard provides a standard format and definitions for identifying officially designated special land types within a fire perimeter. [validated: 6/16/2008; next validation: 12/31/2013]
Approved, 6/16/2008State and Land Owner Final Fire Acre Quantity1.0This data standard provides a standard format and definition for the measure of acres of land belonging to a specified owner within a fire perimeter within a state. [validated: 6/16/2008; next validation: 12/31/2013]
Approved, 7/30/2002State Code1.0This data standard adopts the two-letter state alphabetic codes in Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) publication 5-2. [validated: 4/20/2009; recommendation: revise]
Approved, 4/11/2008Time Point (Time of Day)1.0This data standard adopts the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) standard for representing time of day. [validated: 4/15/2008; next validation: 12/31/2013]
Approved, 6/16/2008Unique Fire Identifier1.0This data standard provides a standard format and rules for a unique identifier assigned to each wildland fire. [validated: 6/16/2008; next validation: 12/31/2013]
Approved, 6/16/2008Unique Fire Report Identifier1.0This data standard provides a standard format and rules for a code that uniquely identifies a particular fire report. [validated: 6/16/2008; next validation: 12/31/2013]
Approved, 1/15/2005Unit Identifier1.0This data standard specifies the standard format and rules for Unit Identifier, a code used within the wildland fire community to uniquely identify a particular government organizational unit. [validated: 12/18/2012; recommendation: ]
Approved, 12/1/2009Wildland Urban Interface Indicator1.0This data standard provides a standard format and definition for indicating if the presence of Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) influenced the cost, strategy, or management of a wildfire. [validated: 12/1/2009; next validation: 12/31/2013]

Geospatial Data Layer Standards

Status, Date Name Version Description
Approved, 1/8/2015 Aviation Hazards - Obstacle/Activity (point, line, polygon)
1.0 These 5 geospatial data layers capture physical features that may present a hazard to pilots during aviation operations.
Approved, 9/9/2014 Fuels Treatments (polygon)1.0 The Fuels Treatments (polygon) data layer represents the area(s) of unique fuels treatments during a single timeframe. each treatment may be made up of multiple polgons.
Approved, 9/9/2014 Wildland Fire Perimeters (polygon) 1.0Wildland Fire Perimeter Polygons geospatial data layer standard provides the standard template for exchange/transfer of wildland fire perimeter polygons, representing the daily and final perimeters for wildfires and prescribed fires. Replaces the Fire History (polygons) geospatial data layer standard (archived) and incorporates the Daily Fire Perimeter geospatial data layer standard (archived).
Approved, 9/9/2014 Wildland Fire Locations (point) 1.0Wildland Fire Location Points represent the final spatial locations of the fire occurrences. Fire occurrences represent the ignition points (preferred), the polygon centroids, or more generalized locations (least desirable) when the ignition points are not known or not available.

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Proposed Data Standards

The following data standards have been proposed as NWCG data standards. Click on the data layer standard name to review the standard and provide comments.

Data Element Standards

Status, Date Comment Due Date Name Version Description

Geospatial Data Layer Standards

Status, Date Comment Due Date Name Version Description

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Assigned Data Standards

The following data standards have been assigned to stewardship groups for development of new standards or modifications of current standards. When draft versions are ready for review, they will be moved to the "Proposed Data Standards" lists.

Data Element Standards

Status, Date Name Request / Proposal Stewardship Group
Assigned (New), 3/20/2015 ABCD Misc. Create a data standard to describe the pre-established incident job code for fires less than 300 acres. Data Management Committee, Incident Business Committee.
Assigned (New), 3/20/2015 Calculated Acres Create a data standard to measure of acres calculated (i.e., infrared) within the fire perimeter of a fire.  More specifically, the number of acres within the current perimeter of a specific, individual incident, including unburned and unburnable islands.  The minimum size must be 0.1. Fire Reporting Subcommittee, Geospatial Subcommittee
Assigned (New), 3/20/2015 Complex Parent Indicator Create a data standard that indicates that this incident has been designated as a complex (an existing incident was promoted to complex status, or a new record was created for a complex) Data Management Committee
Assigned (New), 3/20/2015 Complex Parent Irwin ID Create a data standard to define the IRWIN ID of the complex to which this incident is a member. Data Management Committee
Assigned (Revision), 4/20/2009 Country Code Change request: New systems and systems undergoing re-engineering or other major upgrades, and other systems when feasible, should use the NWCG Country Code and Country Subdivision Code standards instead of the State Code standard.  All NWCG systems should begin using the ISO, rather than the NIST, as the authoritative data source for the reference code data. Data Standards and Terminology Subcommittee
Assigned (New), 3/18/2013 Daily Resource Quantity Data element standard needed to describe the data element for tracking the total number of fire resources (by agency, provider, kind, category, and type) currently being utilized by an incident. Fire Reporting Subcommittee
Assigned (New), 7/5/2013 Date-Time Data element standard needed for the combination of date and time elements so that elements that use date and time are submitted in a standard format of date/time combination for data exchange of YYYY-MM-DDThh:mm:ssZ Data Standards and Terminology Subcommittee
Assigned (New), 7/5/2013 Discovery Acres Data element standard needed for the estimate of acres burning upon the discovery of the fire.  More specifically when the fire is first reported by the first person that calls in the fire.  The estimate should include number of acres within the current perimeter of a specific, individual incident, including unburned and unburnable islands. Fire Reporting Subcommittee
Assigned (New), 3/18/2013 Estimated Containment Date Data element standard needed to describe the data element for tracking the estimated total incident costs to date for the entire incident based on currently available information. Fire Reporting Subcommittee
Assigned (New), 3/18/2013 Estimated Costs to Date The estimated costs to date are being tracked and reported during the life of an incident by the ICS-209.   Other applications such as EGP and Inciweb report this information gathered by the ICS-209.  IRWIN will be collecting and disseminating this value. Fire Reporting Subcommittee
Assigned (New), 11/17/2009 Fire Cause Kind & Category NFAEB requested development as part of the fire occurrence data standards (FIRE CAUSE) needed for the elements identified as critical in the FORS Study Report. Communication, Education, and Prevention Committee
Assigned (New), 11/17/2009 Fire Cause Responsible Person Age NFAEB requested development as part of the fire occurrence data standards (FIRE CAUSE) needed for the elements identified as critical in the FORS Study Report. Communication, Education, and Prevention Committee
Assigned (New), 11/17/2009 Fire Cause Responsible Person Gender NFAEB requested development as part of the fire occurrence data standards (FIRE CAUSE) needed for the elements identified as critical in the FORS Study Report. Communication, Education, and Prevention Committee
Assigned (Revision), 3/18/2013 Fire Containment Date & Time Change request: Combine date and time attributes to standard format for data exchange of YYYY-MM-DDThh:mm:ssZ Fire Reporting Subcommittee
Assigned (Revision), 3/18/2013 Fire Control Date & Time Change request: Combine date and time attributes to standard format for data exchange of YYYY-MM-DDThh:mm:ssZ Fire Reporting Subcommittee
Assigned (Revision), 3/18/2013 Fire Discovery Date & Time Change request: Combine date and time attributes to standard format for data exchange of YYYY-MM-DDThh:mm:ssZ Fire Reporting Subcommittee
Assigned (New), 9/4/2013 Fire Initial Response Resource Agency Data element standard needed to describe the data element that provides a general classification of the agency providing fire resources to an incident when initial response resource summary information is reported.  This data element is the top level hierarchy of initial response resource quantity which is the total number of fire resources (by agency, provider, kind, category, and type) used during initial response of an incident. Incident Business Committee and Fire Reporting Subcommittee
Assigned (New), 9/4/2013 Fire Initial Response Resource Provider Data element standard needed to describe the data element that identifies the organizational unit providing fire resources to an incident when initial response resource summary information is reported.  This data element is the second level hierarchy of initial response resource quantity which is the total number of fire resources (by agency, provider, kind, category, and type) used during initial response of an incident. Incident Business Committee and Fire Reporting Subcommittee
Assigned (Revision), 3/18/2013 Fire Out Date & Time Change request: Combine date and time attributes to standard format for data exchange of YYYY-MM-DDThh:mm:ssZ Fire Reporting Subcommittee
Assigned (New), 3/18/2013 Fire Perimeter Contained Percentage Need a standard that defines Fire Percent Contained. The value indicates the percent of incident area that is no longer active. Fire Reporting Subcommittee
Assigned (New), 3/18/2013 Fire Perimeter to Be Contained Percentage Data element standard needed to define Fire Percent Perimeter to be Contained. Indicates the percent of perimeter left to be completed. This entry is appropriate for full suppression, point/zone protection, and confine fires, or any combination of these strategies. This entry is not used for wildfires managed entirely under a monitor strategy. Fire Reporting Subcommittee
Assigned (New), 9/4/2013 Fire Resource Agency Data element standard needed to provide a general classification of the agency providing fire resources to an incident when daily resource summary information is reported.  This data element is the top level hierarchy of resource quantity which is the total number of fire resources (by agency, provider, kind, category, and type) currently being utilized by an incident. Incident Business Committee and Fire Reporting Subcommittee
Assigned (New), 9/4/2013 Fire Resource Provider Create a standard to describe the data element that identifies the organizational unit providing fire resources to an incident when resource summary information is reported.  This data element is the second level hierarchy of resource quantity which is the total number of fire resources (by agency, provider, kind, category, and type) currently being utilized by an incident. Incident Business Committee and Fire Reporting Subcommittee
Assigned  (New), 9/4/2013 Forest Service Job Code - Forest Service Override Code Create a standard to describe the code used to indicate the Forest Service job accounting and override codes for the incident.  This is specific to the Forest Service.  This value is currently tracked by CAD systems.  IRWIN will be collecting and disseminating this value. Incident Business Committee
Assigned  (New), 3/29/2015 FS Assisted Indicator Create a data standard that indicates if the FS is assisting on an incident in which the responsible unit is not Forest Service. Incident Business Committee
Assigned  (New), 3/20/2015 ICS 209 Remarks Creat a data standard that describes additional information pertinent to the incident management. (ICS Block 47) Data Management Committee
Assigned  (New), 3/20/2015 ICS 209 Report Date Time Create a data standard that describes the date and time of the latest approved ICS-209 report. Fire Reporting Subcommittee
Assigned  (New), 3/20/2015 ICS 209 Report For Time Period From Create a data standard that describes the date and time of the beginning of the time period for the current ICS-209 submission. (ICS Block 11) Fire Reporting Subcommittee
Assigned  (New), 3/20/2015 ICS 209 Report For Time Period To Create a data standard that describes the date and time of the end of the time period for the current ICS-209 submission. (ICS Block 11) Fire Reporting Subcommittee
Assigned (New), 11/17/2009 Ignition Source Heat Form NFAEB requested development as part of the fire occurrence data standards (FIRE CAUSE) needed for the elements identified as critical in the FORS Study Report. Communication, Education, and Prevention Committee
Assigned (New), 11/17/2009 Ignition Source Kind & Category NFAEB requested development as part of the fire occurrence data standards (FIRE CAUSE) needed for the elements identified as critical in the FORS Study Report. Communication, Education, and Prevention Committee
Assigned (New), 9/4/2013 Incident Dispatch Center ID Create a standard to describe a unique identifier for a dispatch center responsible for supporting the incident.  This value is currently tracked by CAD systems.  IRWIN will be collecting and disseminating this value Unit ID Unit
Assigned (New), 1/2/2009 Incident Suppression Estimated Expenditure Data element standard needed for the cumulative-to-date, estimated suppression expenditures (in dollars) for a specific incident. Fire Reporting Subcommittee
Assigned (Revision), 3/18/2013 Initial Fire Strategy Designator Revision Request: Replace the current list of standard values with the following: Full Suppression, Point Zone Protection, Confine, Monitor. The standard values used to define the fire strategy has been changed by the fire business community, so this standard needs updated to reflect that change. Fire Reporting Subcommittee
Assigned (New), 3/18/2013 Initial Point of Origin Latitude and Longitude Data element standard needed that defines the initial location reported for an incident. The latitude/longitude location of the initial reported point of origin specified in decimal degrees. Fire Reporting Subcommittee
Assigned (New), 6/5/2013 Initial Response Acres Data element standard needed for an estimate of acres burning at the time of initial response. More specifically when the IC arrives and performs initial size up.  The minimum size must be 0.1.  The estimate should include number of acres within the current perimeter of a specific, individual incident, including unburned and unburnable islands. Fire Reporting Subcommittee
Assigned (New), 3/20/2015 Multijurisdictional Indicator Create a data standard that indicates if the incident covers multiple jurisdictions. Incident Business Committee
Assigned (New), 3/20/2015 Point of Origin City Create a data standard that describes the closest city to the incident point of origin. (ICS Block 18) Fire Reporting Subcommittee
Assigned (New), 3/20/2015 Point of Origin Incident Jurisdictional Agency Create a data standard that describes the range of the legal description (section, township, range) of the incident at point of origin. (ICS Block 24) Fire Reporting Subcommittee
Assigned (New), 3/20/2015 Point of Origin Legal Description Principal Meridian Create a data standard that describes the principal meridian of the legal description (section, township, range) of the incident at point of origin. (ICS Block 24) Fire Reporting Subcommittee
Assigned (New), 3/20/2015 Point of Origin Legal Description Quarter Create a data standard that describes the quarter section of the legal description (section, township, range) of the incident at point of origin. (ICS Block 24) Fire Reporting Subcommittee
Assigned (New), 3/20/2015 Point of Origin Legal Description Quarter Quarter Create a data standard that describes the quarter/quarter section of the legal description (section, township, range) of the incident at point of origin. (ICS Block 24) Fire Reporting Subcommittee
Assigned (New), 3/20/2015 Point of Origin Legal Description Range Create a data standard that describes the range of the legal description (section, township, range) of the incident at point of origin. (ICS Block 24) Fire Reporting Subcommittee
Assigned (New), 3/20/2015 Point of Origin Legal Description Section Create a data standard that describes the section of the legal description (section, township, range) of the incident at point of origin. (ICS Block 24) Fire Reporting Subcommittee
Assigned (New), 3/20/2015 Point of Origin Legal Description Township Create a data standard that describes the township of the legal description (section, township, range) of the incident at point of origin. (ICS Block 24) Fire Reporting Subcommittee
Assigned (New), 3/20/2015 Point of Origin Owner Unit Identifier Data element standard needed that defines the NWCG Unit Identifier which identifies the agency who owns the land at the point of origin of a fire. Fire Reporting Subcommittee
Assigned (New), 3/15/2015 Point of Origin Primary Fuel Model Data element standard needed to provide a standard code and definition for describing the fire behavior prediction system fuel model at the point of origin of a fire. Fire Reporting Subcommittee
Assigned (New), 3/18/2013 Point of Origin Owner Unit Identifier Data element standard needed that defines the NWCG Unit Identifier which identifies the agency who owns the land at the point of origin of a fire. Fire Reporting Subcommittee
Assigned (New), 3/20/2015 Point of Origin Protecting Unit Create a data standard that describes the NWCG Unit Identifier data standard to identify the agency with primary fire protection responsibility at the point of origin of a fire. See data standard request for Point of Origin Responsible Agency Unit Identifier. Fire Reporting Subcommittee
Assigned (New), 3/20/2015 Reimbursable Indicator Create a data standard that indicates the fire code can be utilized by other agencies through agreements. Incident Business Committee
Assigned (Revision), 8/21/2013 State Code Change request: New systems and systems undergoing re-engineering or other major upgrades, and other systems when feasible, should use the NWCG Country Code and Country Subdivision Code standards instead of the State Code standard.  All NWCG systems should begin using the ISO, rather than the NIST, as the authoritative data source for the reference code data. Data Standards and Terminology Subcommittee
Assigned  (New), 7/5/2013 Total Incident Personnel Create a new data standard for total number of personnel assigned. Includes overhead, crew members, helicopter crew member, engine crew members, camp crew people, etc.  NWCG currently has a standard for Initial Response Resource Quantity.  However, the total incident personnel which is recorded on the ICS-209 form does not have a standard.  Incident Business Committee
Assigned  (New), 3/20/2015 Trespass Indicator Create a data standard that indicates if the fire is trespass or a bill will be issued.  A tort or trespass claim for the Government results when a person or legal entity, acting negligently or otherwise wrongfully, causes damages to Forest Service resources or property. Fire Reporting Subcommittee, Wildfire Investigations Subcommittee

Geospatial Data Layer Standards

Status, Date Name Request / Proposal Stewardship Group
Assigned (Revision), 6/8/2015 Aviation Hazards Revise the standard to make various changes to attributes and their characteristics.Geospatial Subcommittee
Assigned (New), 6/8/2015 Fire Line Incident, Fire Point Incident, Fire Polygon Incident A Data standard is needed for collection and storage of incident based information dealing with the Fire Polygons, Fire Lines and Fire Points. This standard will help with future tool development for use on incidents and permit users to better follow the GIS Standard Operating Procedures on Incident requirements.Geospatial Subcommittee
Assigned (New), 4/8/2015 Fire Management Unit (polygon) A data standard is needed to represent fire management strategic direction spatially. This must consist of non-overlapping Fire Management Unit (FMU) data or Strategic Objective Shape data. Geospatial Subcommittee; Interagency Fire Planning Committee (IFPC); and Wildland Fire Management RD&A Program
Assigned (New), 4/26/2010GACC Boundary (polygons)Data layer standard needed for Geographic Area Coordination Center Areas Defining Dispatch Jurisdiction Tier 2 Dispatch Areas.Geospatial Subcommittee;
National Predictive Services Subcommittee
Assigned (New), 3/20/2015 Helispot The creation of a data standard for Helispot will permit the sharing of helispot data for wildland fire and search and rescue incidents. Geospatial Subcommittee; National Interagency Aviation Committee (NIAC)
Assigned (New), 4/8/2015 Infrared Spatial Data Elements This request covers geospatial data elements related to Infrared (IR) Operations - Heat Perimeter, Intense Heat, Scattered Heat, and Isolated Heat. The data standard is required to streamline the use and implementation of incident IR data. Geospatial Subcommittee;  National Interagency Incident Communications Division (NIICD) Infrared Branch
Assigned (New), 4/8/2015 Mitigation Plan Boundary Request to develop data standard to analyze mitigation plans area effectiveness. Geospatial Subcommittee and Wildland Urban Interface Mitigation Committee
Assigned (New), 4/8/2015Predictive Service Area Boundary (polygons)Data layer standard needed for Predictive Service Areas (i.e., sub-geographic areas of similar climate, fuels and topography defined by Geographic Area Coordination Center (GACC) Meteorologists for forecasting purposes. Geospatial Subcommittee;
National Predictive Services Subcommittee
Assigned (New), 4/8/2015 Resource Location (point) A geospatial data standard is needed for resource origination (i.e., base) locations.  The feature class would give the origination location for interagency incident resources dispatched within ROSS. Geospatial Subcommittee; National Interagency Resource Ordering & Status System Team (ROSS)
Assigned (New), 3/20/2015ShapeCreate a data standard that describes the Geographic representation of POO in NAD83 datum.Geospatial Subcommittee
Assigned (New), 6/04/2015Water ResourcesCreate a data standard that tracks the location and relevant information about capabilities of water sources for wildland and structure fire response.Geospatial Subcommittee
Assigned (New), 4/26/2010Wildfire Dispatch Area Boundary (polygons)Data layer standard needed for wildfire dispatch area boundaries - Tier 3.Geospatial Subcommittee;
National Predictive Services Subcommittee
Assigned (New), 4/26/2010Wildfire Dispatch Office Location (point)Data layer standard needed for wildfire dispatch office locations (points) - Tiers 1 through 4.Geospatial Subcommittee;
National Predictive Services Subcommittee
Assigned (New), 4/8/2015Wildland Urban Interface (polygon)The Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) geospatial data standard will allow for the capture and storage of WUI features as delineated by local jurisdictions.Geospatial Subcommittee and Wildland Urban Interface Mitigation Committee

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Requested Data Standards

The following requests have been received for proposed development or modification of data standards. Requests are continually reviewed by the Data Standards and Terminology Subcommittee and NWCG branch coordinators. As workloads and priorities allow, requests will be assigned to appropriate stewardship groups. When requests are assigned, they will be moved to the "Assigned Data Standards" lists.

Data Element Standards

Status, Date

Name

Request/Proposal

Requested (New), 3/20/2015

Fire Resource Personnel Quantity

Create a data standard that describes the total number of personnel assigned to the fire resource being reported (by agency, provider, kind, category, and type).

Requested (New), 3/20/2015

Fire Resource Status

Create a data standard that indicates whether the resource record being submitted or updated is an initial response resource or daily resource record.

Requested (New), 3/20/2015

ICS 209 Report Status

Create a data standard that describes the version of the 209 report (initial, update, or final). There should never be more than one initial report, but there can be numerous updates, and even multiple finals (as determined by business rules).

Requested (New), 3/20/2015

Incident Commander Name

Create a data standard that describes the first (optional) and last name of the incident commander currently assigned to the incident.

Requested (New), 3/20/2015

Incident Management Organization

Create a data standard that describes the incident management organization for the incident, which may be a Type 1, 2, or 3 Incident Management Team (IMT), a Unified Command, a Unified Command with an IMT, NIMO, etc.  This field is null if no team is assigned.

Requested (New), 3/20/2015

Incident Short Description

Create a data element standard that describes additional descriptive information typically for non-fire incidents. This field is especially important for incidents classified as Other in Incident Type.

Requested (Revision), 3/20/2015

Incident Type Category

Modify Event Kind and Category data element to include the valid value FA - False Alarm.

Requested (New), 3/20/2015

Planned Actions

Create a data standard that describes a short summary of the actions planned for the next operational period.

Requested (New), 3/20/2015

Point of Origin Time Zone

Create a new data standard for Time Zone at Point of Origin where all times reported for a wildland fire incident will be based on the time zone at the fire's point of origin.  This would include Containment, Control, Discovery, Initial Response, Out, etc.

Requested (New), 3/20/2015

Projected Incident Activity

Create a data standard that describes an estimate of the direction in which the incident is expected to spread, migrate or expand in the next 12, 49, and 72 hour time frames.

Requested (New), 3/20/2015

Significant Events

Create a data standard that describes the observed fire behavior or significant incident events for the current reporting period. (ICS Block 28)

Requested (New), 3/20/2015

Weather Concerns

Create a data standard that describes a brief summary of how the current weather is affecting the incident and how the anticipated weather will affect the incident. (ICS Block 35)

Geospatial Data Layer Standards

Status, Date Name Request / Proposal

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Comment on an approved or proposed standard

Comments on a proposed or approved NWCG data standard may be submitted on a Data Element Standard comment sheet or a Geospatial Data Layer Standard comment sheet.

Comments should be emailed to the Data Standards and Terminology Subcommittee at BLM_FA_NWCG_Data@blm.gov.

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Request for a new or revised standard

Requests for the development of a new data standard, or for changes to a current standard, may be submitted on a Request worksheet. Supplemental information about the standard can be included on a Data Element Standard worksheet or a Geospatial Data Layer Standard worksheet.

Requests should be emailed to the Data Standards and Terminology Subcommittee at BLM_FA_NWCG_Data@blm.gov.

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Download the User Guide and other reference materials

The NWCG User Guide for Development and Maintenance of Data Standards explains the processes for developing and maintaining both NWCG data element and geospatial data layer standards.

 

 


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