Data Standards, Assigned

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:

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
Calculated Acres (New) 06/18/2015 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
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. National Coordination System Committee
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
Fire Cause Kind & Category (New) 11/17/2009 Development requested 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
Fire Cause Responsible Person Age (New) 11/17/2009 Development requested 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
Fire Cause Responsible Person Gender (New) 11/17/2009 Development requested 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
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. Interagency Fire Planning Committee
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. Interagency Fire Planning Committee
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
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
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 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 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
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
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. Interagency Fire Planning 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

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2018-07-20