Data Standards, Requested

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:

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.

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2018-07-20