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Federal Wildland Fire Occurrence Data

Users of this data are cautioned that the accuracy of the latitude/longitude coordinates of the fire occurrence reports have not been verified and are encouraged to examine the accuracy of the location of the data before utilizing it in any GIS analysis.

Read a description of how the wildland fire occurrence reports were converted into shapefile format.  This description is also in the metadata included with the shapefiles or geodatabase.

How to access the data

Download the Data

Federal fire occurrence data for the time period 1980 through 2016 is available for download in shapefile format or compressed file geodatabase formats in ZIP files.  Data is available by agency and also in a single shapefile for all agencies.  Please note that several of these ZIP files are quite large!

Map Viewer

Federal fire occurrence data can now be viewed, queried and downloaded from a map viewer. The download works best using Chrome or Firefox.

Open the Map Viewer

Alternatively, the map service can be added to an ArcMap project.  Follow these instructions to learn how to add the data to ArcMap.

  1. In ArcMap, click the Add Data button.
  2. In the Add Data dialog box, double-click "GIS Servers".
  3. Double-click "Add ArcGIS Server".
  4. Choose Use GIS Servers and Click Next.
  5. Add "wildfire.cr.usgs.gov/arcgis/services" to the https:// in the URL of Server text field and then click Finish.
  6. Double-click on "arcgis on wildfire.cr.usgs.gov" in the Add Data dialog box.
  7. Select "firehistory" in the Add Data dialog box and click Add.
  8. The service will be added to the ArcMap project.

The Federal Fire Occurrence Website is an official Department of the Interior Website provided by the United States Geological Survey. This is a U.S. Government Computer System. Before continuing, please read this Disclaimer and Privacy Statement.

Page last modified: June 23, 2017

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