Data Standards, Approved

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:

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.

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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
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
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
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 NWCG Standards for Geospatial Operations, PMS 936, guidance on incidents.

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
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 NWCG Standards for Geospatial Operations, PMS 936, guidance on incidents.

 

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 NWCG Standards for Geospatial Operations, PMS 936, guidance on incidents.

2/21/2017 1 Geospatial Data Layer
Water Source

The Engine Water Sources data standard includes definition of a point feature class for storing information in support of fire-related operations. This layer provides information about the locations, capacity, type, etc. of water sources that may be used for firefighting purposes.

08-13-2020 1 Geospatial Data Layer
Initial Attack Frequency Zone (Polygon)

Polygons depicting areas in which FAA/DOI/USDA annually assign initial attack frequencies for incident needs.

08-13-2020 1 Geospatial Data Layer

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2019-11-20