LANDFIRE is everywhere ...

... and we just can't keep up. Across LANDFIRE's Gateway site, we post a few materials that colleagues and fellow practitioners have found helpful and which we think are worth pointing out; they are far from comprehensive. Try using Google Scholar, too, with this caveat: some titles pop up that are not related to OUR LANDFIRE - be sure to check closely.

Subsections of this "Resources" section on Gateway are at left and below:

LANDFIRE Publications (we generated them),

Publications (selected bibliography),

Videos (LANDFIRE YouTube resources, including tutorials).

If you need a specific resource, please contact us for help at any time. 

Guides and Tutorials

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LANDFIRE tools and data can be used in a myriad of ways, each of which has a learning curve, just as all datasets and tools do. In the Guides and Tutorials section you will find documents and videos that are designed to help users solve problems and support scenario planning.  

Latest guide:

Modifying LANDFIRE Geospatial Data for Local Applications


Postcard banner Monthly Postcards

LANDFIRE mails a monthly "postcard" with announcements, product releases, helpdesk inquiries and responses, interviews with Super Users, recommended publications and more.  
December 2018: Happy Holidays from LANDFIRE
November 2018: Interview with educator extraordinaire Heather Heward, Shout-out to LANDFIRE Super Users, a Remap Update, and BIG THANKS to pards and pals.
Click here to read more about LF postcards, to subscribe, and to access previous issues.  


Latest Remap News

December 2018

February 2019– LANDFIRE Remap for Northwest U.S.

The first LANDFIRE base map LANDFIRE (LF) National product suite was developed using data circa 2001. Landscape change never ceases, and although LF National products were updated regularly, the base map is more than 15 years old.
To ensure the data remain relevant, LF is developing a new base map product suite that will represent 2016 ground conditions. Called LANDFIRE Remap, this effort is designed to produce vegetation and fuels data that inform wildland fire and ecological decision systems and will be released incrementally starting in January 2019 through 2020, beginning with the Northwest region of the U.S.

Read the article.

See release schedule.

Announcement, June 2018

The Department of the Interior

Environmental Achievement Awards: 

LANDFIRE Program Named

"Environmental Dream Team"

Environmental Dream Team awardAnnually, the Department of the Interior (DOI) presents Environmental Achievement Awards that recognize employees, teams, and partners who have attained exceptional environmental achievements that go above and beyond the person's or team's regular, expected duties. The DOI has presented the LANDFIRE Program  with its 2017 Environmental Dream Team award in recognition for being "environmental champions and agents of change who work across organizational boundaries to enhance environmental stewardship, create efficiencies, improve communication, avoid or address conflict at the lowest levels, or reduce environmental review times."  


Details regarding criteria, comments, achievements

LANDFIRE Remap Series

LANDFIRE Remap is a comprehensive vegetation and fuels mapping effort designed to produce new base maps of the LF product suite. Consistent methodologies and processes - including access to the most current satellite imagery, contemporary data sources and software and hardware technologies - are being combined with broadening program partnerships to create a product that improves upon the updated versions of legacy LF National.

Remap, an innovative vegetation and fuels mapping effort to produce current base maps of the LF product suite, has focused efforts towards advancing LF mapping methodologies spanning several topical areas.

Specifically, Remap is amending the Existing Vegetation Height and Existing Vegetation Cover legends to represent continuous percent cover and height to represent the landscape structure characteristics and variability at a finer thematic resolution, on which fire fuel modeling is greatly dependent.

Read the articles in the series written by Julia Deis, LANDFIRE Operations Lead, Stinger Ghaffarian Technologies (SGT), Inc., Technical Support Services (TSSC), Contractor to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center.

  1. Using Top Technology to Improve LANDFIRE Products
  2. LANDFIRE Remap: Improving Surface Water Mask
  3. Disturbance Modeling
  4. LANDFIRE, Landsat, and User Input

Data Access tool

LFDAT Compatible with ArcGIS 10.3 - 10.5 

The LF Data Access Tool (LFDAT) is an ArcGIS toolbar that allows users to interact with the LF data distribution site (DDS) and download LF data directly from ArcMap. Once the data are downloaded, it can automatically process the data into raster formats ready for analysis.

LFDAT allows an ArcGIS user to drag a box in an ArcMap session to define a download area, select the desired LF layers, and then download data from the DDS for the specified extent rectangle. The downloaded zip files can be from any number of LF layers, can include single piece or multiple- piece downloads, and can include layers from any number of different spatial extent rectangles. Once all the data of interest have been downloaded, the LFDAT Smart Assembler will batch unzip the files, merge multiple-piece layers back into a single output layer if necessary, and reattach attribute fields to the output raster attribute tables. Output raster layers can be generated in ESRI GRID, Erdas Imagine, or GeoTiff formats.


Fuel Data Product: MoD-FIS

Modeling Dynamic Fuels with an Index System

The LF team at the USGS EROS Center has just released new provisional products for the Great Basin and Southwest regions of the United States that capture the seasonal nature of fuels in this region. Modeling Dynamic Fuels with an Index System (MoD-FIS) incorporates seasonal variability of herbaceous cover (i.e. cheatgrass) to capture changes to fire behavior fuel models based on the current fire season herbaceous production.

Using current and historic Normalized Difference Vegetation Index data from the Landsat archive, LF developed a process to map current year herbaceous cover compared to historic averages. The result is updated Existing Vegetation Cover, Existing Vegetation Height, and Fire Behavior Fuel Model layers that reflect the current fire season herbaceous cover and resultant fuel availability.
These products are released multiple times per year, on a provisional basis, for all regions except the furthest north.

Read more about MoD-FIS on the LF website.  
Read the MoD-FIS Comprehensive Plan and article How MoD-FIS Was Done 
Related: LF Drought-Based Fuel Dynamic Methods for the Southeast U.S.     

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LANDFIRE's Data Product Review Website

Review LANDFIRE data products and submit feedback and suggestions on a number of them via the Data Product Review website. Based on a content management platform, it is designed to provide a dynamic web experience. Feedback and suggestions are reviewed both within and outside of the LANDFIRE program, with the goal of improving mapping updates and remaps. 
Over the years, LANDFIRE had conducted a nation-wide series of physical calibration that solicited input on Fire Behavior Fuel Model (FBFM) mapping rule relationships and enabled direct communication among specialists and experts.  While the series was a success, it was also challenging due to attendees' travel, time and budget constraints. Given the success of other efforts to improve data sets (Alaska Guidebook, SE SWRA updates) the LANDFIRE program developed this web-based database to facilitate improved product review.

The site's landing page provides the overview and navigation tabs; the "What's New" section lists new features, fixes, and updates.

It's an iterative, evolving site with continually expanding functionality. Visit often.


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