LANDFIRE (Landscape Fire and Resource Management Planning Tools) is an interagency vegetation, fire, and fuel characteristics mapping program. LANDFIRE has produced a comprehensive and consistent suite of data and geospatial data layers for the entire 50 United States (completed mapping all 50 United States in 2009). The program is in the process of updating data products for changes from a variety of disturbances and vegetation modifications.
It is a shared initiative between the DOI and USDA Forest Service wildland fire management programs and is sponsored by the Wildland Fire Leadership Council (WFLC). Principal project partners include the USGS Center for Earth Resources Observation and Science, the USFS Missoula Fire Sciences Laboratory, and The Nature Conservancy. Data products are based on satellite imagery (Landsat) and created at a 30-meter grid spatial resolution designed to facilitate national- and regional-level strategic planning and reporting of management activities. LANDFIRE data products include layers of vegetation composition and structure, surface and canopy fuel characteristics, and fire regimes data at the landscape level. LANDFIRE methodologies are science-based and include extensive field-referenced data [including Forest Inventory Analysis (FIA) data].
LANDFIRE deliverables are serving as core data sets in Cohesive Strategy, Wildland Fire Decision Support (WFDSS), Fire Program Analysis (FPA), and Hazardous Fuel Prioritization and Allocation System (HFPAS). Data products are being used by federal, state, local and private entities including research and educational institutions both for fire and resource management applications (Bighorn Sheep habitat analysis, Grizzly Bear assessment, landscape and wildland fire assessments). LANDFIRE products are not a substitute for finer scale, local mapping efforts, but do provide a comprehensive, standardized, nation-wide data set. The quality of the data products vary by geography, product, and scale of use. Additional information is available at www.landfire.gov.
LANDFIRE point of contact:
Henry Bastian, LANDFIRE Lead/Fire Ecologist