Does anyone know if there is spatial data for controlled burns? It would be great to add an RX layer to the map. What do you think? WLF.com mappers is this a possibility?
National Forests have these data layers as part of their annual accomplishment reporting. I believe the BLM has the same reporting requirements. Check with a local forest to find out the availability of the data. It seems like this was also being developed as a layer for the Landfire program.
There is a lot of discrepancy in the “controlled burns” data, and no standard within each agency, let-alone across multiple agencies. Some units will report the actual perimeter burned. Others will report a “treatment” area which includes burned acres, non-burned acres that are adjacent, and sometimes non-burned acres that surround the burn in which habitat might glean some positive effect from nearby burns. The lack of standardization in what was “treated” via RX means that nobody really knows what the polygon depicts. Therefore the data submitted to Landfire is probably not uber-reliable.
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