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Title: LANDFIRE - A national vegetation/fuels data base for use in fuels treatment, restoration, and suppression planning

Author: Ryan, Kevin C.; Opperman, Tonja S.;

Date: 2013

Source: Forest Ecology and Management. 294: 208-216.

Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)

Description: LANDFIRE is the working name given to the Landscape Fire and Resource Management Planning Tools Project ( The project was initiated in response to mega-fires and the need for managers to have consistent, wall-to-wall (i.e., all wildlands regardless of agency/ownership), geospatial data, on vegetation, fuels, and terrain to support use of fire behavior and effects prediction systems in guiding policy and management decisions. Base layers were created in a 5-year program of research and development ending in 2009, with processes in place to periodically update fuel and vegetation layers in response to anthropogenic and natural disturbances. LANDFIRE has been institutionalized as the primary data source for modeling activities aimed at meeting the goals of the United States' National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy, and the data are available on-line to any user for conducting landscape analyses. Data access and use are high and expected to grow with the increasing scope and complexity of wildland fire management, thus requiring continued LANDFIRE improvements and updates.

Keywords: decision support, fire behavior, wildland fuels, fire planning, LANDFIRE, mega-fire

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Ryan, Kevin C.; Opperman, Tonja S. 2013. LANDFIRE - A national vegetation/fuels data base for use in fuels treatment, restoration, and suppression planning. Forest Ecology and Management. 294: 208-216.


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