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Data Resources

NWCG Data Standards
Where applicable WFDSS adheres to NWCG data standards for spatial and tabular data. Currently, NWCG data standards do not exist for all WFDSS data layers. Click here to review a current list of the NWCG data standards.

NWCG Unit Identifiers
This data standard specifies the standard format and rules for Unit Identifier, a code used within the interagency wildland fire community to uniquely identify a particular government organizational unit or a non-government organization recognized by NWCG as a wildland fire cooperator. The NWCG Unit Id is used as a primary key in WFDSS which highlights the need to have an accurate NWCG Init Id for all field units in WFDSS. Click here to review the current NWCG Unit Identifier data standard.

Fire Management Plan Templates
Interagency Fire Planning Committee (IFPC)
The IFPC provides templates and guidance documents for the Interagency Fire Management Plan Template and various agency specific templates. Federal wildland fire policy requires that every area with burnable vegetation must have a fire management plan (FMP). Fires in areas without approved FMPs must be suppressed. Each plan will be based on the area's approved land management plan; in the absence of such a plan, the FMP may stand alone. Wildland fire management planning activities and program components (e.g., fuels management, initial response, etc.) for each agency will be coordinated across administrative boundaries.

The fire management planning process and requirements may differ among agencies. However, for the following federal agencies USFS, BIA, BLM, FWS, NPS , a common purpose of a fire management plan is to provide decision support to aid managers in making informed decisions on the management of wildland fires. The FMP includes a concise summary of information organized by fire management unit (FMU) or units. In addition, for the DOI agencies, the FMP contains strategic and operational elements that describe how to manage applicable fire program components such as; response to unplanned ignitions, hazardous fuels and vegetation management, burned area emergency stabilization and rehabilitation , prevention, community interactions and collaborative partnerships roles, and monitoring and evaluation programs. The Forest Service will have related information in separate fire management reference documents. Each FMP will evolve over time as new information becomes available, conditions change on the ground and changes are made to land/resource management plans.

Last updated on 12/7/2023 10:52:57 AM.