Data Standards

NWCG data standards (data element and geospatial data layer) provide specifications that enable the common usage of data across wildland fire information systems.  For more information click on one of the following lists:

Comment on a proposed data standard

When a new or revised data standard is ready for review and comment, it will be posted under Proposed Data Standards.

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

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

Download the User Guide and other reference materials

The User Guide for Development and Maintenance of NWCG Data Standards (PMS 938) explains the processes for developing and maintaining both NWCG data element and geospatial data layer standards.


 

Page Last Modified / Reviewed: 
2017-06-09

Proposed Data Standards

This list identifies data standards that have been proposed aa new NWCG data standard,or proposed revisions to an existing data standard.  Click on the data standard name to review the standard. Email comments to BLM_FA_NWCG_DATA@blm.gov

Currently, there are no data standards out for review.

Approved Data Standards

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

Data Standard Description Approved Date Version Data Standard Type
Aviation Hazards (Point, Line, Polygon)

These 5 geospatial data layers capture physical features that may present a hazard to pilots during aviation operations.

04/12/2017 2 Geospatial Data Layer
Country Code

This standard adopts the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) standard for two-letter country codes.

10/10/2002 1 Data Element
Country Subdivision Code

This 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]

6/10/2010 1 Data Element
County Code

This 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]

4/10/2008 1 Data Element
Date

This data standard specifies a standard format for calendar date. [validated: 7/30/2002]

7/30/2002 1 Data Element
Employment Category

The type of employment appointment or agreement under which a person is hired. [validated: 5/6/2004]

5/6/2004 1 Data Element
Event Kind & Category

This 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]

6/15/2004 1 Data Element
Final Fire Acre Quantity

This data standard provides a standard format and definition for the measure of acres within the final perimeter of a fire. [validated: 7/11/2008]

7/11/2008 1 Data Element
Fire Initial Action Date & Time

This 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]

4/10/2008 1 Data Element
Fire Report Approver Name

This data standard provides a standard format and definition for the name of the person that approved the fire report. [validated: 4/10/2008]

4/10/2008 1 Data Element
Fire Report Provider Name

This 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]

4/10/2008 1 Data Element
Fire Reporting Agency Unit Identifier

This data standard adopts the NWCG Unit Identifier data standard to identify the agency preparing a fire report. [validated: 4/10/2008]

4/10/2008 1 Data Element
Fire Resource Kind, Category & Type

This data standard provides standard formats and definitions for a three-tier classification (kind and type) of operational resources available to respond to a fire. [validated: 8/15/2008]

8/18/2008 1 Data Element
Fire Size Class

This 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]

12/17/2012 1 Data Element
FireCode

This 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]

5/18/2005 1 Data Element
Frequency Use Designator

This 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]

3/8/2004 1 Data Element
Fuels Treatments (polygon)

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. [Validated 9/9/2014]

9/9/2014 1 Geospatial Data Layer
Geographic Area (GA) Code & Name

This data standard provides a code and name for each of the wildland fire geographic areas. [validated: 2/16/2006]

2/16/2006 1 Data Element
Geographic Area Coordination Center (GACC) Code & Name

This data standard provides a code and name for each of the wildland fire geographic area coordination centers. [validated: 5/21/2015]

5/21/2015 2 Data Element
Geographic Coordinating Area (GCA) Code & Name

This data standard provides a code and name for each of the wildland fire geographic coordinating areas. [validated: 5/21/2015]

5/21/2015 2 Data Element
Horizontal Datum Code

This 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]

12/17/2012 1 Data Element
Incident Name

This data standard provides a standard format for storing the name of an incident. [validated: 8/15/2008]

8/18/2008 1 Data Element
Incident Personnel Fatality Quantity

This data standard provides a standard definition and format for the total number of deaths of personnel assigned to an incident. [validated: 12/17/2012]

12/17/2012 1 Data Element
Incident Personnel Injury & Illness Quantity

This 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]

12/17/2012 1 Data Element
Initial Fire Strategy Met Indicator

This 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]

6/16/2008 1 Data Element
Initial Response Resource Quantity

This 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]

6/16/2008 1 Data Element
Latitude

This data standard specifies a standard format for latitude. [validated: 12/15/2006]

12/15/2006 1 Data Element
Local Fire Report Identifier

This 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]

6/16/2008 1 Data Element
Local Incident Identifier

This 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]

6/16/2008 1 Data Element
Longitude

This data standard specifies a standard format for longitude. [validated: 12/15/2006]

12/15/2006 1 Data Element
Management Complexity Level Designator

This 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]

8/18/2008 1 Data Element
National Fire Danger Adjective Class Rating

This 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]

7/2/2009 1 Data Element
National Fire Danger Rating System Fuel Model

This 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]

7/2/2009 1 Data Element
Other Structures Destroyed Quantity

This 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]

6/16/2008 1 Data Element
Other Structures Threatened Quantity

This 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]

6/16/2008 1 Data Element
Point of Origin Accuracy Descriptor

This 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]

8/18/2008 1 Data Element
Point of Origin Aspect Code

This 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]

12/17/2012 1 Data Element
Point of Origin County Code

This 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]

6/16/2008 1 Data Element
Point of Origin Datum

This 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]

6/16/2008 1 Data Element
Point of Origin Fire Intensity Level

This data standard provides a standard code and definition for expressing the fire intensity during the initial response. [validated: 7/6/2009]

7/2/2009 1 Data Element
Point of Origin Land Owner Kind & Category

This 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]

8/18/2008 1 Data Element
Point of Origin Latitude

This 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]

7/21/2008 1 Data Element
Point of Origin Longitude

This 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]

7/21/2008 1 Data Element
Point of Origin Responsible Agency Unit Identifier

This 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]

6/16/2008 1 Data Element
Point of Origin Slope

This 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]

12/17/2012 1 Data Element
Point of Origin State Code

This 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]

6/16/2008 1 Data Element
Position Code & Position Title

This data standard provides a code (mnemonic) and title for each position used in incident management response. [validated: 2/15/2005]

2/15/2005 1 Data Element
Prescribed Fire Escape Indicator

This data standard provides a standard format and definition for indicating whether a wildfire resulted from an escaped prescribed fire. [validated: 4/10/2008]

4/10/2008 1 Data Element
Primary Weather Station Identifier

This 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]

4/10/2008 1 Data Element
Residences Destroyed Quantity

This 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]

6/16/2008 1 Data Element
Residences Threatened Quantity

This data standard provides a standard format and definition for reporting the total number of residences threatened by the fire. [validated: 7/21/2008]

7/21/2008 1 Data Element
Special Land Designator

This data standard provides a standard format and definitions for identifying officially designated special land types within a fire perimeter. [validated: 6/16/2008]

6/16/2008 1 Data Element
State and Land Owner Final Fire Acre Quantity

This 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]

6/16/2008 1 Data Element
Time Point (Time of Day)

This data standard adopts the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) standard for representing time of day. [validated: 4/15/2008]

4/11/2008 1 Data Element
Unique Fire Identifier

This data standard provides a standard format and rules for a unique identifier assigned to each wildland fire. [validated: 6/16/2008]

6/16/2008 1 Data Element
Unique Fire Report Identifier

This 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]

6/16/2008 1 Data Element
Unit Identifier

This 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]

1/15/2005 1 Data Element
Wildland Fire Locations (point)

Wildland 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. [Validated 9/9/2014]

9/9/2014 1 Geospatial Data Layer
Wildland Fire Perimeters (polygon)

Wildland 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). [Validated 9/9/2014]

9/9/2014 1 Geospatial Data Layer
Wildland Urban Interface Indicator

This 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]

12/1/2009 1 Data Element
Geographic Area Coordination Center Boundaries (polygon)

Geographic boundary polygons depicting the administrative area of the Geographic Area Coordination Centers

2/21/2017 1 Geospatial Data Layer
Wildland Fire Event Line

The Wildland Fire Event Line data standard will define the minimum attributes necessary for collection, storage and dissemination of incident based data on wildland fires (wildfires and prescribed fires). The standard is not intended for long term data storage, rather a standard to assist in the creation of incident based data management tools, minimum standards for data exchange, and to assist users in meeting GIS Standard Operating Procedures on Incidents (GSTOP) guidance.

2/21/2017 1 Geospatial Data Layer
Predictive Services Area Boundaries (polygon)

Geographic boundary polygons depicting the extent of the Predictive Services Area Boundary

2/21/2017 1 Geospatial Data Layer
Wildland Fire Dispatch Area Boundaries (polygon)

Geographic boundary polygons depicting the administrative area of the Wildland fire Dispatch Areas

2/21/2017 1 Geospatial Data Layer
Wildland Fire Dispatch Office Location (point)

Geographic location point depicting the administrative location of the Dispatch Centers

2/21/2017 1 Geospatial Data Layer
Wildland Urban Interface (polygon)

The wildland urban interface (WUI) geospatial data standard defines minimum attribution for interagency collaboration and data sharing.

2/21/2017 1.1 Geospatial Data Layer
Fire Containment Date & Time

This standard provides a standard format and definition for the date and time a wildfire was declared contained.

7/21/2008 1 Data Element
Fire Control Date & Time

This standard provides a standard format and definition for the date and time a wildfire was declared under control. [validated: 6/16/2008]

6/16/2008 1 Data Element
Fire Discovery Date & Time

This 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]

4/10/2008 1 Data Element
Fire Out Date & Time

This data standard provides a standard format and definition for the date and time when a fire is declared "out". [validated: 6/16/2008]

6/16/2008 1 Data Element
Initial Fire Strategy Designator

This data standard provides a standard format and definition of the fire strategy initially used on a wildland fire. [validated: 8/15/2008]

8/18/2008 1 Data Element
Landowner Kind & Category

This data standard provides a two-tier classification (kind and category) of landownership. [validated: 8/25/2016]

08/25/2016 1 Data Element
State Code

This data standard has been superseded by the Country Subdivision Code standard.

7/30/2002 1 Data Element
Wildland Fire Event Point

The Wildland Fire Event Point data standard will define the minimum attributes necessary for collection, storage and dissemination of incident based data on wildland fires (wildfires and prescribed fires). The standard is not intended for long term data storage, rather a standard to assist in the creation of incident based data management tools, minimum standards for data exchange, and to assist users in meeting GIS Standard Operating Procedures on Incidents (GSTOP) guidance.  

2/21/2017 1 Geospatial Data Layer
Wildland Fire Event Polygon

The Wildland Fire Event Polygon data standard will define the minimum attributes necessary for collection, storage and dissemination of incident based data on wildland fires (wildfires and prescribed fires). The standard is not intended for long term data storage, rather a standard to assist in the creation of incident based data management tools, minimum standards for data exchange, and to assist users in meeting GIS Standard Operating Procedures on Incidents (GSTOP).

2/21/2017 1 Geospatial Data Layer

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 are moved to the “Proposed Data Standards” list.

Data Standard Date Assigned Request / Proposal Stewardship Group
ABCD Misc (New) 6/18/2015 Create a data standard to describe the pre-established incident job code for fires less than 300 acres. Data Management Committee, Incident Business Committee
Calculated Acres (New) 6/18/2015 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
Complex Parent Indicator (New) 6/18/2015 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
Complex Parent Irwin ID (New) 6/18/2015 Create a data standard to define the IRWIN ID of the complex to which this incident is a member. Data Management Committee
Daily Fire Acre Quantity (New) 1/24/2014 Create a new data standard for the measure of acres within the daily fire perimeter of a fire. Fire Reporting Subcommittee
Daily Resource Quantity (New) 12/19/2013 Create a data standard 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
DateTime (New) 2/20/2014 Develop a data standard 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 Adopt ISO8601 Standard. Data Standards and Terminology Subcommittee
Discovery Acres (New) 12/19/2013 Create a new data standard 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
Estimated Containment Date (New) 12/19/2013 Create a data standard to describe the data element for estimated date a wildfire will be contained. Fire Reporting Subcommittee
Estimated Costs to Date (New) 12/19/2013 Create a data standard to describe the data element for tracking the estimated total incident costs to date for the entire incident based on currently available information. Incident Business Committee
Fire Cause Kind & Category (New) 11/17/2009 Development requested as part of the fire occurance data standards (Fire Cause) needed for the elements identified as critical in the FORS Study Report. Communication, Education, and Prevention Committee
Fire Cause Responsible Person Age (New) 11/17/2009 Development requested as part of the fire occurance data standards (Fire Cause) needed for the elements identified as critical in the FORS Study Report. Communication, Education, and Prevention Committee
Fire Cause Responsible Person Gender (New) 11/17/2009 Development requested as part of the fire occurance data standards (Fire Cause) needed for the elements identified as critical in the FORS Study Report. Communication, Education, and Prevention Committee
Fire Containment Date & Time (Revision) 1/24/2014 Change request: Combine date and time attributes to standard format for data exchange of YYYY-MM-DDThh:mm:ssZ Fire Reporting Subcommittee
Fire Control Date & Time (Revision) 1/24/2014 Change request: Combine date and time attributes to standard format for data exchange of YYYY-MM-DDThh:mm:ssZ Fire Reporting Subcommittee
Fire Discovery Date & Time (Revision) 1/24/2014 Change request: Combine date and time attributes to standard format for data exchange of YYYY-MM-DDThh:mm:ssZ Fire Reporting Subcommittee
Fire Initial Response Resource Agency (New) 12/19/2013 Create a data standard 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, Fire Reporting Subcommittee
Fire Initial Response Resource Provider (New) 12/19/2013 Create a standard 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, Fire Reporting Subcommittee
Fire Management Unit (New) 4/18/2015 Create a data standard to represent fire management strategic direction spatially. This must consist of non-overlapping Fire Management Unit (FMU) data or Strategic Objective Shape data. FMU data are used to depict a land management area definable by objectives, management constraints, topographic features, access, values to be protected, political boundaries, fuel types, major fire regime groups, etc. that set it apart from the characteristics of an adjacent FMU. The FMU may have dominant management objectives and pre-selected strategies assigned to accomplish these objectives. Strategic Objective Shape data are intended to spatially represent the strategic objectives of the landscape and the unit boundary shape; it allows you to utilize shapes other than FMUs to visually depict their fire management direction. A Strategic Objective is a broad statement, specified in land/resource management or fire management plan that identifies change in water, soil, air, or vegetation from the present to proposed conditions, or describes an existing resource condition that should be maintained. Geospatial Subcommittee, Interagency Fire Planning Committee
Fire Out Date & Time (Revision) 3/20/2013 Change request: Combine date and time attributes to standard format for data exchange of YYYY-MM-DDThh:mm:ssZ Fire Reporting Subcommittee
Fire Perimeter Contained Percentage (New) 1/24/2014 Create a data standard that defines Fire Percent Contained. The value indicates the percent of incident area that is no longer active. Fire Reporting Subcommittee
Fire Perimeter To Be Contained Percentage (New) 1/24/2014 Create a data standard that defines 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
Fire Resource Agency (New) 12/19/2013 Create a standard to describe the data element that provides 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, Fire Reporting Subcommittee
Fire Resource Provider (New) 12/19/2013 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, Fire Reporting Subcommittee
Forest Service Job Code, Forest Service Override Code (New) 12/19/2013 Create a data standard to describe the code used to indicate the Forest Service job accounting code for the incident. This is specific to the Forest Service. Usually displayed as 2 char prefix on FireCode. Create a data standard to describe the Forest Service override code for the incident. This is specific to the Forest Service. Usually displayed as a 4 char suffix to the fire code. For example, if the FS is assisting DOI, an override of 1502 will be used. Incident Business Committee
FS Assisted Indicator (New) 6/18/2015 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
Helispot (New) 6/18/2015 Create a data standard for Helispot to permit the sharing of helispot data for wildland fire and search and rescue incidents. Geospatial Subcommittee, National Interagency Aviation Committee
ICS 209 Remarks (New) 6/18/2015 Create a data standard that describes additional information pertinent to the incident management. (ICS Block 47) Data Management Committee
ICS 209 Report Date Time (New) 6/18/2015 Create a data standard that describes the date and time of the latest approved ICS-209 report. Fire Reporting Subcommittee
ICS 209 Report For Time Period From (New) 6/18/2015 Create a data standard that describes the date and time of the beginning of the time period for the current ICS209 submission. (ICS Block 11) Fire Reporting Subcommittee
ICS 209 Report For Time Period To (New) 6/18/2015 Create a data standard that describes the date and time of the end of the time period for the current ICS209 submission. (ICS Block 11) Fire Reporting Subcommittee
Ignition Source Heat Form (New) 11/17/2009 Create a data standard for codes and descriptions of the primary sources of energy that results in a human caused fire. Communication, Education, and Prevention Committee
Ignition Source Kind & Category (New) 11/17/2009 Create a data standard that describes the kind and category of causative agents that identify the conditions, actions, or sequence of events that result in a human caused fire. Communication, Education, and Prevention Committee
Incident Dispatch Center ID (New) 12/19/2013 Create a standard to describe a unique identifier for a dispatch center responsible for supporting the incident. Unit Identifier Unit
Incident Suppression Estimated Expenditure (New) 10/28/2009 Create a data standard to track the cumulative-to-date, estimated suppression expenditures (in dollars) for a specific incident. Fire Reporting Subcommittee
Initial Fire Strategy Designator (Revision) 1/24/2014 Replace the current list of standard values with the following: Full Suppression, Point Zone Protection, Confine, Monitor Fire Reporting Subcommittee
Initial Point of Origin Latitude & Longitude (New) 1/24/2014 Create a data standard 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
Initial Response Acres (New) 12/19/2013 Create a new data standard 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
Mitigation Plan Boundary (New) 6/18/2015 Create a data standard to analyze mitigation plans area effectiveness. This standard should include mitigation plan name, type, completion date, url to plan (if available), Communities at Risk (if available), communities at risk federal (if available), and fire wise communities. Geospatial Subcommittee, Wildland Urban Interface Mitigation Committee
MultiJurisdictional Indicator (New) 6/18/2015 Create a data standard that indicates if the incident covers multiple jurisdictions. Incident Business Committee
Point of Origin City (New) 6/18/2015 Create a data standard that describes the closest city to the incident point of origin. (ICS Block 18) Fire Reporting Subcommittee
Point of Origin Fuel Model (New) 3/10/2009 Create a data standard for 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
Point of Origin Incident Jurisdictional Agency (New) 6/18/2015 Create a data standard that identifies the jurisdictional agency at an incidents point of origin. Fire Reporting Subcommittee
Point of Origin Legal Description Principal Meridian (New) 6/18/2015 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
Point of Origin Legal Description Quarter (New) 6/18/2015 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
Point of Origin Legal Description Quarter Quarter (New) 6/18/2015 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
Point of Origin Legal Description Range (New) 6/18/2015 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
Point of Origin Legal Description Section (New) 6/18/2015 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
Point of Origin Legal Description Township (New) 6/18/2015 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
Point of Origin Owner Unit Identifier (New) 1/24/2014 Create a data standard that defines the NWCG Unit Identifier which identifies who owns the land at the point of origin of a fire. Fire Reporting Subcommittee
Point of Origin Protecting Unit (New) 6/18/2015 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. Fire Reporting Subcommittee
Protection Unit (polygon) (New) 6/18/2015 Create a geospatial data layer standard to identify agencies responsible for protection, suppression, financial, and rehabilitation in a given area. This standard should include attributes containing protecting unit agency and group, agreements, cost apportionment, most recent change, agreement contact, and acres. Geospatial Subcommittee, Fire Reporting Subcommittee
Reimbursable Indicator (New) 6/18/2015 Create a data standard that indicates the fire code can be utilized by other agencies through agreements. Incident Business Committee
Resource Location (point) (New) 6/18/2015 Create a geospatial data layer standard is needed for resource origination (i.e. base) locations. The feature class would give the origination location for interagency incident resources (i.e. tanker bases, hotshot bases, rappel bases, etc) dispatched within ROSS (Resource Ordering and Status System). Domain values should be developed through a review of ROSS data and existing agency data sets. Geospatial Subcommittee
Total Incident Personnel (New) 12/19/2013 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. Incident Business Committee
Trespass Indicator (New) 6/18/2015 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, Wildland Fire Investigation Subcommittee
Water Sources (New) 6/18/2015 Create a data standard that tracks the location and relevant information about capabilities of water sources for wildland and structure fire response. Geospatial Subcommittee
Fire Resource Personnel Quantity (New) 09/15/2016 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). National Coordination System Committee
Fire Resource Status (New) 09/15/2016 Create a data standard that indicates whether the resource record being submitted or updated is an initial response resource or daily resource record. National Coordination System Committee
ICS 209 Report Status (New) 09/15/2016 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). National Coordination System Committee
Incident Commander Name (New) 09/15/2016 Create a data standard that describes the first (optional) and last name of the incident commander currently assigned to the incident. National Coordination System Committee
Incident Management Organization (New) 09/15/2016 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. National Coordination System Committee
Incident Short Description (New) 09/15/2016 Create a data standard that describes the general descriptive location of the incident such as the number of miles from an identifiable town. (ICS Block 25) National Coordination System Committee
Event Kind & Category (Revise) 09/15/2016 1) Include the valid value FA - False Alarm; 2) add a note to the value "WU - Wildland Fire Use" to indicate that it should only be used for archived domains; and 3) include "CX" under the Event Kind: Fire (FI) to identify incident complexes. National Coordination System Committee
Land Owner Kind & Category (Revision 1) 6/16/2008 NWCG has a data element standard for the name of the 'Land Owner Kind', which should be called 'Land Owner Kind Name'. NWCG has a data element standard for the name of the 'Land Owner Category’, which should be called 'Land Owner Category Name’. Create a data element standard for ‘Land Owner Category Description’. Fire Reporting Subcommittee
Planned Actions (New) 09/15/2016 Create a data standard that describes a short summary of the actions planned for the next operational period. National Coordination System Committee
Significant Events (New) 09/15/2016 Create a data standard that describes the observed fire behavior or significant incident events for the current reporting period. (ICS Block 28) National Coordination System Committee
Weather Concerns (New) 09/15/2016 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) National Coordination System Committee
Fuels Treatment (point) (New) 12/02/2016 A data standard is needed for point data of fuels treatments to facilitate interagency data sharing on fuels treatment projects. Geospatial Subcommittee, Fuels Management Committee

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. As workloads and priorities allow, requests will be assigned to appropriate stewardship groups. When requests are assigned, they are moved to the “Assigned Data Standards” list.

Data Standard Date Requested Request / Proposal
Country Code & Name (Revision) 07/15/2015 NWCG has a data element standard for 'Country Code'. Create a data element standard for 'Country Name'. The data element 'Country Name' should be added to the current 'Country Code' standard, and the name of the standard should change to 'Country Code & Name'.
Country Subdivision Code & Name (Revision) 7/15/2015 NWCG has a data element standard for 'Country Subdivision Code'. Create a data element standard for 'Country Subdivision Name'. The data element 'Country Subdivision Name' should be added to the current 'Country Subdivision Code' standard, and the name of the standard should change to 'Country Subdivision Code & Name'.
County Code & Name (New) 7/15/2015 NWCG has a data element standard for 'County Code'. Create a data element standard for 'County Name'. The data element 'County Name' should be added to the current 'County Code' standard, and the name of the standard should change to 'County Code & Name'.
Employment Category Code, Name & Description (Revision) 7/27/2015 NWCG has a data element standard for 'Employment Category Code'. Create a data element standard for 'Employment Category Name' and 'Employment Category Description'. The data elements 'Employment Category Name' and 'Employment Category Description' should be added to the current 'Employment Category' standard, and the name of the standard should changed to 'Employment Category Code, Name & Description'. Revisit the definition of 'Employment Category Code' to ensure it is still valid and accurate.
Fire Resource Kind, Category & Type (Revision) 7/27/2015 NWCG has a data element standard for 'Fire Resource Kind', which should be called 'Fire Resource Kind Name'. Create a data element standard for 'Fire Resource Kind Description'. NWCG has a data element standard for 'Fire Resource Category’, which should be called 'Fire Resource Category Name’. Create a data element standard for ‘Fire Resource Category Description’. NWCG has a data element standard for 'Fire Resource Type’, which should be called 'Fire Resource Type Name’. Create a data element standard for ‘Fire Resource Type Description’.
Fire Size Class Code & Description (Revision) 7/27/2015 NWCG has a data element standard for 'Fire Size Class', which should be called ''Fire Size Class Code''. Create a data element standard for 'Fire Size Class Description'. The data element 'Fire Size Class Description' should be added to the current 'Fire Size Class' standard, and the name of the standard should change to 'Fire Size Class Code & Description'.
Frequency Use Name & Description (Revision) 7/27/2015 NWCG has a data element standard for the name of the 'Frequency Use Designator', which should be called 'Frequency Use Designator Name'. Create a data element standard for 'Frequency Use Designator Description'. Consider doing away with the word 'Designator', and instead call these two data elements 'Frequency Use Name' and Frequency Use Description'.
Initial Fire Strategy Code & Name (Revision) 7/27/2015 NWCG has a data element standard for the name of the 'Initial Fire Strategy Designator', which should be called 'Initial Fire Strategy Designator Code'. Create a data element standard for 'Initial Fire Strategy Designator Name'. The data element 'Initial Fire Strategy Designator Name' should be added to the current 'Initial Fire Strategy Designator' standard, and the name of the standard should change to 'Initial Fire Strategy Code & Name. Consider doing away with the word 'Designator', and instead call these two data elements 'Initial Fire Strategy Code' and 'Initial Fire Strategy Name'.
Planned Actions (New) 3/20/2015 Create a data standard that describes a short summary of the actions planned for the next operational period.
Point of Origin Time Zone (New) 5/28/2015 Create a new NWCG Data Standard for Time Zone at Point of Origin that says 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..
Projected Incident Activity (New) 3/20/2015 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.
Significant Events (New) 3/20/2015 Create a data standard that describes the observed fire behavior or significant incident events for the current reporting period. (ICS Block 28)
Weather Concerns (New) 3/20/2015 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)
Agreement Status 06/10/2016 Agreement Status Name is needed for ROSS/IROC agreement management.
Agreement Type Name 06/10/2016 Agreement Type Name is needed for ROSS/IROC agreement management.
Airport Code and Name 06/10/2016 Airport Code and Name is needed for ROSS/IROC airport and location management.
Airport Reload Base Indicator 06/10/2016 Airport Reload Base Indicator is needed for ROSS/IROC airport and location management.
Airport Tower Indicator 06/10/2016 Airport Tower Indicator is needed for ROSS/IROC airport and location management.
Airport Use Name 06/10/2016 Airport Use Name is needed for ROSS/IROC airport and location management.
Available For Multiple Incidents Indicator 06/10/2016 Available For Multiple Incidents Indicator is needed for ROSS/IROC resource management.
Aviation Hazard Description 06/10/2016 Aviation Hazard Description is needed for ROSS/IROC incident management.
Aviation Hazard Is Fixed Indicator 06/10/2016 Aviation Hazard Is Fixed Indicator is needed for ROSS/IROC incident management.
Aviation Hazard Type Name 06/10/2016 Aviation Hazard Type Name is needed for ROSS/IROC incident management.
Bearing Number 06/10/2016 Bearing Number is needed for ROSS/IROC airport and location management.
Catalog Item Long Name 06/10/2016 Catalog Item Long Name is needed for ROSS/IROC catalog management.
Catalog Item Short Name 06/10/2016 Catalog Item Short Name is needed for ROSS/IROC catalog management.
Catalog Item Trackable Indicator 06/10/2016 Catalog Item Trackable Indicator is needed for ROSS/IROC catalog management.
Contact Method Name 06/10/2016 Contact Method Name is needed for ROSS/IROC incident management.
Contact Name 06/10/2016 Contact Name is needed for ROSS/IROC incident management.
Contract Number 06/10/2016 Contract Number is needed for ROSS/IROC contract management.
Contract Status Name 06/10/2016 Contract Status Name is needed for ROSS/IROC contract management.
Contract Type Name 06/10/2016 Contract Type Name is needed for ROSS/IROC contract management.
Contractor Type Name 06/10/2016 Contractor Type Name is needed for ROSS/IROC contract management.
Geospatial Data Layer Standard: Country Subdivision Boundary 06/10/2016 Country Subdivision Boundary (polygon) is needed for ROSS/IROC incident management.
Geospatial Data Layer Standard: County Boundary 06/10/2016 County Boundary (polygon) is needed for ROSS/IROC incident management.
Default Financial Code for Ordering Indicator 06/10/2016 Default Financial Code For Ordering Indicator is needed for ROSS/IROC incident management.
Distance Number 06/10/2016 Distance Number is needed for ROSS/IROC airport and location management.
DUNS Number 06/10/2016 DUNS Number is needed for ROSS/IROC vendor management.
Encrypted Tax ID 06/10/2016 Encrypted Tax ID is needed for ROSS/IROC vendor management.
Financial Code 06/10/2016 Financial Code is needed for ROSS/IROC incident management.
Incident Description 06/10/2016 Incident Description is needed for ROSS/IROC incident management.
Incident Maximum Elevation Number 06/10/2016 Incident Maximum Elevation Number is needed for ROSS/IROC incident management.
Incident Minimum Elevation Number 06/10/2016 Incident Minimum Elevation Number is needed for ROSS/IROC incident management.
Incident Status Name 06/10/2016 Incident Status Name is needed for ROSS/IROC incident management.
Incident Type Name 06/10/2016 Incident Type Name is needed for ROSS/IROC incident management.
Incident-Project Order Number 06/10/2016 Incident-Project Order Number is needed for ROSS/IROC incident management.
Location Bearing Number 06/10/2016 Location Bearing Number is needed for ROSS/IROC incident management.
Location City Name 06/10/2016 Location City Name is needed for ROSS/IROC location management.
Location Distance Number 06/10/2016 Location Distance Number is needed for ROSS/IROC incident management.
Location Line 1 Address 06/10/2016 Location Line 1 Address is needed for ROSS/IROC location management.
Location Line 2 Address 06/10/2016 Location Line 2 Address is needed for ROSS/IROC location management.
Location Name 06/10/2016 Location Name is needed for ROSS/IROC location management.
Location TRS Principal Meridian 06/10/2016 Location TRS Principal Meridian is needed for ROSS/IROC location management.
Location TRS Range 06/10/2016 Location TRS Range is needed for ROSS/IROC location management.
Location TRS Section 06/10/2016 Location TRS Section is needed for ROSS/IROC location management.
Location TRS Township 06/10/2016 Location TRS Township is needed for ROSS/IROC location management.
Location Use Name 06/10/2016 Location Use Name is needed for ROSS/IROC location management.
Location UTM Easting 06/10/2016 Location UTM Easting is needed for ROSS/IROC location management.
Location UTM Northing 06/10/2016 Location UTM Northing is needed for ROSS/IROC location management.
Location UTM Zone 06/10/2016 Location UTM Zone is needed for ROSS/IROC location management.
Location Zip Code 06/10/2016 Location Zip Code is needed for ROSS/IROC location management.
Resource Item Name 06/10/2016 Resource Item Name is needed for ROSS/IROC resource management.
Vendor Name 06/10/2016 Vendor Name is needed for ROSS/IROC vendor management.
VOR Code and Name 06/10/2016 VOR Code and VOR Name are needed for ROSS/IROC airport and location management.
Additional Fuel Model (New) 08/23/2016 The fuel model which best represents an additional carrier of the fire.
Final Fire Report Approved By (New) 08/23/2016 The name of the person that approved the final fire report for the incident.
Final Fire Report Approved By Title (New) 08/23/2016 The title of the person that approved the final fire report for the incident.
Final Fire Report Approved By Unit (New) 08/23/2016 NWCG Unit ID associated with the individual who approved the final report
Final Fire Report Approved Date (New) 08/23/2016 The date that the final fire report was approved for the incident.
Final Fire Report Narrative (New) 08/23/2016 A summary of the comments in narrative form as entered on the final fire report to describe important aspects of the incident.
Final Strategy Attained Date Time (New) 08/23/2016 The date/time the final fire strategy was accomplished on the incident.
Fire Behavior Description (New) 08/23/2016 A description of the observed fire behavior for the current ICS-209 reporting period.
Fire Behavior General (New) 08/23/2016 A general category describing the manner in which the fire is currently reacting to the influences of fuel, weather, and topography.
Fire Behavior General 1 (New) 08/23/2016 A more specific category further describing the general fire behavior (manner in which the fire is currently reacting to the influences of fuel, weather, and topography).
Fire Behavior General 2 (New) 08/23/2016 A more specific category further describing the general fire behavior (manner in which the fire is currently reacting to the influences of fuel, weather, and topography).
Fire Behavior General 3 (New) 08/23/2016 A more specific category further describing the general fire behavior (manner in which the fire is currently reacting to the influences of fuel, weather, and topography).
Fire Cause General (New) 08/23/2016 Agency or circumstance which started a fire or set the stage for its occurrence; source of a fire's ignition. For statistical purposes, fire causes are further broken into specific causes.
Fire Cause Investigated Indicator (New) 08/23/2016 Indicates if an investigation is underway or was completed to determine the cause of a fire.
Fire Cause Specific (New) 08/23/2016 A further categorization of each General Fire Cause to indicate more specifically the agency or circumstance which started a fire or set the stage for its occurrence; source of a fire's ignition.
Fire Growth Cessation Date Time (New) 08/23/2016 The date/time that the fire perimeter stopped growing in size.
Fire Ignition Date Time (New) 08/23/2016 The actual date/time that the fire began ignition. This date may be different from the fire discovery date.
Fiscally Responsible Unit (New) 08/23/2016 NWCG Unit who has fiscal responsibility for the incident.
Point of Origin Jurisdictional Unit (New) 08/23/2016 NWCG Unit Identifier to identify the unit with jurisdiction for the land where the point of origin of a fire falls.
Point of Origin Jurisdictional Unit Parent Unit (New) 08/23/2016 The unit ID for the parent entity, such as a BLM State Office or USFS Regional Office, that resides over the Jurisdictional Unit.
Predominant Fuel Model (New) 08/23/2016 Describes the type of fuels found within the majority of the incident area.
Primary Fuel Model (New) 08/23/2016 The fuel model which best represents the primary carrier of the fire for the reporting period.
Projected Incident Activity 24 (New) 08/23/2016 An estimate of the direction in which the incident is expected to spread, migrate or expand in the next 24 hours.
Projected Incident Activity 48 (New) 08/23/2016 An estimate of the direction in which the incident is expected to spread, migrate or expand in the next 48 hours.
Projected Incident Activity 72 (New) 08/23/2016 An estimate of the direction in which the incident is expected to spread, migrate or expand in the next 72 hours.
Projected Incident Activity 72 Plus (New) 08/23/2016 An estimate of the direction in which the incident is expected to spread, migrate or expand in beyond the next 72 hours.
Secondary Fuel Model (New) 08/23/2016 The fuel model which best represents the secondary carrier of the fire for the reporting period.
Unified Command (New) 08/23/2016 Indicates whether the incident is being managed under Unified Command. Unified Command is an application of the Incident Command System used when there is more than one agency with incident jurisdiction or when incidents cross political jurisdictions. Under Unified Command, agencies work together through their designated Incident Commanders at a single incident command post to establish common objectives and issue a single Incident Action Plan.
WFDSS Decision Status (New) 08/23/2016 Indicates the state of the WFDSS decision and/or if a WFDSS decision has been approved for the incident. This information is helpful in resolving conflicts between incident records.