USDA Forest Service

Geospatial Technology And Applications Center

Monitoring Trends in Burn Severity (MTBS)

An on-going project designed to consistently map burn severity and perimeters of large fires that have occurred since 1984 across all lands of the United States. The data generated by MTBS are used to identify national trends in burn severity, providing information necessary to monitor the effectiveness of the National Fire Plan and the Healthy Forests Restoration Act. MTBS is sponsored by the Wildland Fire Leadership Council (WFLC), a multi-agency oversight group responsible for implementing and coordinating the National Fire Plan and Federal Wildland Fire Management Policy and Program Review. The project is conducted through a partnership between the USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science Center (EROS) and GTAC.

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