Workshop Report: Wildland Fire Data Reporting Initiative Workshop (PDF)
In 2012 NFPA convened 18 representatives from States, the National Association of State Foresters (NASF), USFA, U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI), the U.S. Forest Service (FS), and other fire service organizations to share information about current data reporting, and identify next steps in improving the completeness, accuracy, and standardization of the reporting from wildfire agencies at all levels. A subset of the stakeholders met prior to the workshop to define the challenge:
How can wildland fire organizations consolidate existing wildland fire agency and NFIRS fire reporting data sets effectively and efficiently to produce an accurate national cohesive wildland fire risk profile? Creating an integrated data set that represents all wildland fire occurrences across the United States is currently an inefficient process. The resulting data set is of poor quality and contains many duplicate records. As a result, it has not been possible to quantify the size, nature, and impact of the wildland fire problem with enough accuracy and credibility to satisfy users.