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National Fire Plan - Hazardous Fuels Reduction Program

National Fire Plan - Hazardous Fuels Reduction Program

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What does this data set describe?

Title: National Fire Plan - Hazardous Fuels Reduction Program
Abstract:
This map layer portrays county level data for the fiscal-year-2004 National Fire Plan - Hazardous Fuels Reduction Program. The purpose of this program is to reduce the risk of wildland fire. Included is information on the number of acres treated with prescribed burns, mechanical methods, or other methods. Separate information is supplied for wildland/urban interface areas (areas where structures and other human development meet or intermingle with undeveloped wildland or vegetative fuels. Often incorrectly referred to as the “interzone” or “urban/wildland interface”) and for non-wildland/urban interface areas. These data come from the National Fire Plan Operations and Reporting System (NFPORS), which is used by Federal employees to plan and report activities and accomplishments conducted under the National Fire Plan.

Supplemental_Information:
For more information on the National Fire Plan, including a glossary of terms, see <http://www.fireplan.gov/index.html>. Further explanation of terms can be found in the NFPORS Definitions document at <http://fireplan.gov/nfpors_lib/lib/NFPORS_Definitions_20050215.pdf>
  1. How should this data set be cited?

    National Atlas of the United States, 200509, National Fire Plan - Hazardous Fuels Reduction Program: National Atlas of the United States, Reston, VA.

    Online Links:

  2. What geographic area does the data set cover?

    West_Bounding_Coordinate: 170
    East_Bounding_Coordinate: -64
    North_Bounding_Coordinate: 72
    South_Bounding_Coordinate: 17

  3. What does it look like?

  4. Does the data set describe conditions during a particular time period?

    Calendar_Date: 2005
    Currentness_Reference: Publication date

  5. What is the general form of this data set?

  6. How does the data set represent geographic features?

    1. How are geographic features stored in the data set?

      Indirect_Spatial_Reference:
      U.S. Department of Commerce, 1987, Codes for the Identification of the States, the District of Columbia and the Outlying areas of the United States, and Associated Areas; (FIPS 5-2): Washington, DC, National Institute of Standards and Technology.

      U.S. Department of Commerce, 1990, Counties and Equivalent Entities of the United States, Its Possessions, and Associated Areas; (FIPS 6-4): Washington, DC, National Institute of Standards and Technology.

      This is a Vector data set. It contains the following vector data types (SDTS terminology):
      • GT-polygon composed of chains (6005)

    2. What coordinate system is used to represent geographic features?

      Horizontal positions are specified in geographic coordinates, that is, latitude and longitude. Latitudes are given to the nearest 0.000278. Longitudes are given to the nearest 0.000278. Latitude and longitude values are specified in Decimal degrees.

      The horizontal datum used is North American Datum of 1983.
      The ellipsoid used is GRS1980.
      The semi-major axis of the ellipsoid used is 6378137.
      The flattening of the ellipsoid used is 1/298.257222.

  7. How does the data set describe geographic features?

    National Fire Plan data (described by Firplnp020.dbf)
    National Fire Plan - Hazardous Fuels Reduction Program data by county. (Source: National Atlas of the United States)

    Shape
    The representation of the entity in the data. (Source: National Atlas of the United States)

    ValueDefinition
    Polygon2-dimensional element.

    Area
    The size of the shape in coverage units. In the distributed file, coverage units represent square decimal degrees. (Source: National Atlas of the United States)

    Range of values
    Minimum:0.000
    Maximum:79.415

    Perimeter
    The perimeter of the shape in coverage units. In the distributed file, coverage units represent decimal degrees. (Source: National Atlas of the United States)

    Range of values
    Minimum:0.012
    Maximum:87.571

    Firplnp020
    Internal feature number. (Source: National Atlas of the United States)

    Range of values
    Minimum:2
    Maximum:6006

    State
    The two-character abbreviation for the name of the State or State equivalent in which the county is located. (Source: National Atlas of the United States)

    Formal codeset
    Codeset Name:Codes for the Identification of the States, the District of Columbia and the Outlying Areas of the United States, and Associated Areas; (Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 5-2): Washington, DC, National Institute of Standards and Technology.
    Codeset Source:U.S. Department of Commerce

    County
    The name of the county or county equivalent. (Source: National Atlas of the United States)

    Formal codeset
    Codeset Name:Counties and Equivalent Entities of the United States, Its Possessions, and Associated Areas; (Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 6-4): Washington, DC, National Institute of Standards and Technology.
    Codeset Source:U.S. Department of Commerce

    Fips
    The 5-digit FIPS code of the county or county equivalent. (Source: National Atlas of the United States)

    Formal codeset
    Codeset Name:Counties and Equivalent Entities of the United States, Its Possessions, and Associated Areas; (Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 6-4): Washington, DC, National Institute of Standards and Technology.
    Codeset Source:U.S. Department of Commerce

    State_fips
    The 2-digit FIPS code of the State or State equivalent. (Source: National Atlas of the United States)

    Formal codeset
    Codeset Name:Codes for the Identification of the States, the District of Columbia and the Outlying Areas of the United States, and Associated Areas; (Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 5-2): Washington, DC, National Institute of Standards and Technology.
    Codeset Source:U.S. Department of Commerce

    Square_mil
    The size of the county or county equivalent in square miles. These values may not match those reported by State or county governments, especially in coastal areas. (Source: National Atlas of the United States)

    Range of values
    Minimum:1.976
    Maximum:157915.957

    Nwui_fire
    The number of acres, not classified as wildland/urban interface, which in 2004 were treated with prescribed fires to reduce the risk of wildland fire. Prescribed fires include broadcast burns, jackpot burns, and pile burns. (Source: National Atlas of the United States)

    ValueDefinition
    -999No treatments were reported for the county.

    Range of values
    Minimum:0
    Maximum:33206

    Nwui_mech
    The number of acres, not classified as wildland/urban interface, which in 2004 were treated with mechanical methods to reduce the risk of wildland fire. Mechanical methods include chipping, seeding, biomass removal, mowing, crushing, and piling. (Source: National Atlas of the United States)

    ValueDefinition
    -999No treatments were reported for the county.

    Range of values
    Minimum:0
    Maximum:16280

    Nwui_other
    The number of acres, not classified as wildland/urban interface, which in 2004 were treated with other than fire or mechanical methods to reduce the risk of wildland fire. Other methods include biological treatment, chemical treatment, and grazing. (Source: National Atlas of the United States)

    ValueDefinition
    -999No treatments were reported for the county.

    Range of values
    Minimum:0
    Maximum:12650

    Wui_fire
    The number of acres, classified as wildland/urban interface, which in 2004 were treated with prescribed fires to reduce the risk of wildland fire. Prescribed fires include broadcast burns, jackpot burns, and pile burns. (Source: National Atlas of the United States)

    ValueDefinition
    -999No treatments were reported for the county.

    Range of values
    Minimum:0
    Maximum:32770

    Wui_mech
    The number of acres, classified as wildland/urban interface, which in 2004 were treated with mechanical methods to reduce the risk of wildland fire. Mechanical methods include chipping, mowing, crushing, seeding, biomass removal, and piling. (Source: National Atlas of the United States)

    ValueDefinition
    -999No treatments were reported for the county.

    Range of values
    Minimum:0
    Maximum:16346

    Wui_other
    The number of acres, classified as wildland/urban interface, which in 2004 were treated with other than fire or mechanical methods to reduce the risk of wildland fire. Other methods include biological treatment, chemical treatment, and grazing. (Source: National Atlas of the United States)

    ValueDefinition
    -999No treatments were reported for the county.

    Range of values
    Minimum:0
    Maximum:6450

    Grand_tota
    The total number of acres that were treated in 2004 to reduce the risk of wildland fire. (Source: National Atlas of the United States)

    ValueDefinition
    -999No treatments were reported for the county.

    Range of values
    Minimum:0
    Maximum:47548

    Nwf_norm
    The number of acres, per 100,000 acres, which are not classified as wildland/urban interface and which in 2004 were treated with prescribed fires to reduce the risk of wildland fire. Prescribed fires include broadcast burns, jackpot burns, and pile burns. This field is used to create the Non-Wildland/Urban Interface Fire Treatment Acres map layer in the National Atlas Map Maker. (Source: National Atlas of the United States)

    ValueDefinition
    -999.000No treatments were reported for the county.

    Range of values
    Minimum:0.000
    Maximum:3541.246

    Nwm_norm
    The number of acres, per 100,000 acres, which are not classified as wildland/urban interface and which in 2004 were treated with mechanical methods to reduce the risk of wildland fire. Mechanical methods include chipping, seeding, biomass removal, and piling. This field is used to create the Non-Wildland/Urban Interface Mechanical Treatment Acres map layer in the National Atlas Map Maker. (Source: National Atlas of the United States)

    ValueDefinition
    -999.000No treatments were reported for the county.

    Range of values
    Minimum:0.000
    Maximum:2516.037

    Nwo_norm
    The number of acres, per 100,000 acres, which are not classified as wildland/urban interface and which in 2004 were treated with other than fire or mechanical methods to reduce the risk of wildland fire. Other methods include biological treatment, chemical treatment, and grazing. This field is used to create the Non-Wildland/Urban Interface Other Treatment Acres map layer in the National Atlas Map Maker. (Source: National Atlas of the United States)

    ValueDefinition
    -999.000No treatments were reported for the county.

    Range of values
    Minimum:0.000
    Maximum:3313.050

    Wf_norm
    The number of acres, per 100,000 acres, which are classified as wildland/urban interface and which in 2004 were treated with prescribed fires to reduce the risk of wildland fire. Prescribed fires include broadcast burns, jackpot burns, and pile burns. This field is used to create the Wildland/Urban Interface Fire Treatment Acres map layer in the National Atlas Map Maker. (Source: National Atlas of the United States)

    ValueDefinition
    -999.000No treatments were reported for the county.

    Range of values
    Minimum:0.000
    Maximum:7852.662

    Wm_norm
    The number of acres, per 100,000 acres, which are classified as wildland/urban interface and which in 2004 were treated with mechanical methods to reduce the risk of wildland fire. Mechanical methods include chipping, seeding, biomass removal, and piling. This field is used to create the Wildland/Urban Interface Mechanical Treatment Acres map layer in the National Atlas Map Maker. (Source: National Atlas of the United States)

    ValueDefinition
    -999.000No treatments were reported for the county.

    Range of values
    Minimum:0.000
    Maximum:2337.106

    Wo_norm
    The number of acres, per 100,000 acres, which are classified as wildland/urban interface and which in 2004 were treated with other than fire and mechanical methods to reduce the risk of wildland fire. Other methods include biological treatment, chemical treatment, and grazing. This field is used to create the Wildland/Urban Interface Other Treatment Acres map layer in the National Atlas Map Maker. (Source: National Atlas of the United States)

    ValueDefinition
    -999.000No treatments were reported for the county.

    Range of values
    Minimum:0.000
    Maximum:1052.097

    Gt_norm
    The number of acres, per 100,000 acres, which in 2004 were treated to reduce the risk of wildland fire. This field is used to create the All Treatments map layer in the National Atlas Map Maker. (Source: National Atlas of the United States)

    ValueDefinition
    -999.000No treatments were reported for the county.

    Range of values
    Minimum:0.000
    Maximum:11393.908


Who produced the data set?

  1. Who are the originators of the data set? (may include formal authors, digital compilers, and editors)

    • National Atlas of the United States

  2. Who also contributed to the data set?

  3. To whom should users address questions about the data?

    Russell D. Berry
    U.S. Department of the Interior
    12201 Sunrise Valley Dr
    Reston, VA 20192

    703-648-5512 (voice)
    Russell_Berry@ios.doi.gov


Why was the data set created?

These data are intended for geographic display and analysis at the national level, and for large regional areas. The data should be displayed and analyzed at scales appropriate for 1:2,000,000-scale data. No responsibility is assumed by the National Atlas of the United States in the use of these data.


How was the data set created?

  1. From what previous works were the data drawn?

    Fire_Plan (source 1 of 2)
    National Fire Plan - Hazardous Fuels Reduction Program, 2005, National Fire Plan Operations and Reporting System: USDA Forest Service Fire and Aviation Management Office and the DOI Office of Wildland Fire Coordination, Reston, VA.

    Type_of_Source_Media: Electronic mail
    Source_Contribution: Attribute information

    ATLAS-1990CNTY (source 2 of 2)
    National Atlas of the United States, 200506, 1990 County Boundaries of the United States: National Atlas of the United States, Reston, VA.

    Type_of_Source_Media: Online
    Source_Scale_Denominator: 2000000
    Source_Contribution: Spatial and attribute information

  2. How were the data generated, processed, and modified?

    Date: Aug-2005 (process 1 of 1)
    The Fire_Plan file was received as an Excel spreadsheet, saved as a dBASE IV file, and loaded into ArcView. The file was joined to ATLAS-1990CNTY. Fields were added to contain normalized data, showing the number of treatment acres per 100,000 acres, by county. The normalized values were calculated using the formula:
    ([Original data] * 0.0015625) / [County square miles]) * 100000
    
    Fields that contained no information were set to -999. Water areas, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands were deleted.

    Data sources used in this process:

    • Fire_Plan
    • ATLAS-1990CNTY

  3. What similar or related data should the user be aware of?


How reliable are the data; what problems remain in the data set?

  1. How well have the observations been checked?

  2. How accurate are the geographic locations?

  3. How accurate are the heights or depths?

  4. Where are the gaps in the data? What is missing?

    This map layer includes county level information for all 50 States. Seven categories of National Fire Plan data are represented.

  5. How consistent are the relationships among the observations, including topology?

    The map layer was checked for topological consistency using the Arc/INFO command BUILD. No other checks for logical consistency were performed on this map layer.


How can someone get a copy of the data set?

Are there legal restrictions on access or use of the data?

Access_Constraints: None
Use_Constraints:
None. Acknowledgment of the National Fire Plan and (or) the National Atlas of the United States of America would be appreciated in products derived from these data.

  1. Who distributes the data set? (Distributor 1 of 1)

    Earth Science Information Center, U.S. Geological Survey
    507 National Center
    Reston, VA 20192

    1-888-ASK-USGS (1-888-275-8747) (voice)

    Contact_Instructions:
    In addition to the address above there are other ESIC offices throughout the country. A full list of these offices is at <http://ask.usgs.gov/esic_index.html>.

  2. What's the catalog number I need to order this data set?

  3. What legal disclaimers am I supposed to read?

    Although these data have been processed successfully on a computer system at the U.S. Geological Survey, no warranty expressed or implied is made by the U.S. Geological Survey regarding the utility of the data on any other system, nor shall the act of distribution constitute any such warranty. No responsibility is assumed by the U.S. Geological Survey in the use of these data.

  4. How can I download or order the data?


Who wrote the metadata?

Dates:
Last modified: 02-May-2006
Metadata author:
Peg Rawson
National Atlas of the United States
12201 Sunrise Valley Dr
Reston, VA 20192

703-648-4183 (voice)
atlasmail@usgs.gov

Metadata standard:
FGDC Content Standards for Digital Geospatial Metadata (FGDC-STD-001-1998)



 


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