General Origin Area (GOA)

  • The larger area where the fire first established itself and is identified by an analysis of the fire behavior context, macroscale fire pattern indicators, and witness statements. Source: Guide to Wildland Fire Origin and Cause Determination, PMS 412.
    • Definition Extension: The general origin area includes within its boundary the specific origin area and ignition area and is typically less than ½ acre in size.     
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