Burn Intensity for the 1989 Lowman Fire within Boise National Forest, Idaho
ArcInfo Coverage - lowmfire
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Description
Citation
Information used to reference the data.
Title: Burn Intensity for the 1989 Lowman Fire within Boise National Forest, Idaho
Originators: Boise National Forest GIS staff
Publisher: Boise National Forest
Publication place: Boise, ID, USA
Publication date: Unknown
Data type: vector digital data
Description
A characterization of the data, including its intended use and limitations.
Abstract:
This data set reflects fire intensity as measured by canopy scorch for the 1989 Lowman Fire along the South Fork of the Payette River within Boise National Forest, Idaho.
Purpose:
The data are intended to assist efforts surrounding broad-scale forest planning for analysis in fire-recovery: soil stabilization, reestablishing vegetation, and protection of other resources such as wildlife, riparian habitat, water quality, fisheries and timber. These data should be displayed and analyzed at scales appropriate for 1:24,000-scale data. Minimum polygon mapping is 50-100 acres, at 1:24000. No responsibility is assumed by the Boise National Forest GIS Staff in the use of these data.
Supplemental information:
Procedures_Used:
Field survey teams collected information, and mapped areas on 1:24000 USGS topographic maps.  Burn areas were digitized and attributed in PC Arcinfo 3.x on a 9100 Calcomp digitizer.

Other_References_Cited:
Lowman-North Fire Recovery Project, Boise National Forest, Final Environmental Impact Statement, USDA Forest Service May, 1990.  On file at the Boise National Forest.

Project Lightning, Technical Reports, Boise National Forest, 1990.  On file

Wildfire Recovery, Project Lightning, GIS Data Dictionary.  On file.
Language of dataset: en
Point Of Contact
Contact information for the individual or organization that is knowledgeable about the data.
Organization: Boise National Forest GIS Staff
Person: Diane McConnaughey
Position: GIS Specialist
Phone: (208) 373-4247
Email: dmcconnaughey@fs.fed.us
Address type: mailing and physical address
Address:
1249 South Vinnell Way
Suite 200
City: Boise
State or Province: ID
Postal code: 83709
County: USA
Data Type
How the data are represented, formatted and maintained by the data producing organization.
File or table name: lowmfire
Data type: vector digital data
Data format: ArcInfo Coverage
Native dataset environment: Windows_NT, 4.0, Intel NT, ARC/INFO version 8.0.1
Time Period of Data
Time period(s) for which the data corresponds to the currentness reference.
Date: 1989
Currentness reference:
ground condition
Status
The state of and maintenance information for the data.
Data status: Complete
Update frequency: None planned
Key Words
Words or phrases that summarize certain aspects of the data.
Theme:
Keywords: environment
Keyword thesaurus: ISO 19115 Topic Category
Theme:
Keywords: Burn Intensity, Canopy Scorch, Fire, Wildfire
Keyword thesaurus: None
Place:
Keywords: Boise National Forest
Keyword thesaurus: Geographic Names Information System (GNIS). U.S. Geological Survey (<http://geonames.usgs.gov/gnishome.html>)
Data Access Constraints
Restrictions and legal prerequisites for accessing or using the data after access is granted.
Access constraints:
None
Use constraints:
None
Spatial Reference Information
Horizontal Coordinate System
Reference system from which linear or angular quantities are measured and assigned to the position that a point occupies.
Projected coordinate system:
Name: NAD 1927 UTM Zone 11N
Map units: meters
Geographic coordinate system:
Name: GCS North American 1927
Coordinate System Details
Grid coordinate system
Grid coordinate system name: Universal Transverse Mercator
Universal Transverse Mercator:
UTM zone number: 11
Transverse Mercator:
Scale factor at central meridian: 0.999600
Longitude of central meridian: -117.000000
Latitude of projection origin: 0.000000
False easting: 500000.000000
False northing: 0.000000
Planar Coordinate Information
Planar coordinate encoding method: Coordinate Pair
Coordinate representation:
Abscissa resolution: 1
Ordinate resolution: 1
Planar distance units: meters
Geodetic model
Horizontal datum name: North American Datum of 1927
Ellipsoid name: Clarke 1866
Semi-major axis: 6378206
Denominator of flattening ratio: 294.9786982
Spatial Domain
The geographic areal domain of the data that describes the western, eastern, northern, and southern geographic limits of data coverage.
Bounding Coordinates
In Projected or local coordinates
NAD 1927 UTM Zone 11N
Boundary Coordinate
Left 607714.875000 (meters)
Right 628551.312500 (meters)
Top 4893116.000000 (meters)
Bottom 4874543.000000 (meters)
In Unprojected coordinates (geographic)
GCS North American 1927
Boundary Coordinate
West -115.65612305 (longitude)
East -115.39172974 (longitude)
North 44.18525805 (latitude)
South 44.0147306 (latitude)
Data Structure and Attribute Information
Overview
Summary of the information content of the data, including other references to complete descriptions of entity types, attributes, and attribute values for the data.
Entity and attribute overview:
lowmfire.pat - describes fire severity
L (low)
M (moderate)
H (high)
N (unburned)

(Wildfire Recovery, Project Lightning GIS Data Dictionary - on file )
N = No Burn
L = Light Burn (litter and duff scorched, not altered over entire depth)
M = Moderate Burn (40-80% plant canopy burned, mineral soil not visibly altered)
H = High Burn ( Organic layer consumed, mineral and soil structure and color altered)

(Lowman-North Fire Recovery Project, Final EIS, 5/1990 - on file)

Lightly burned or low - surface litter, rotten wood and other woody debris often charred, not completely consumed.  Lower duff in organic layer partially burned.  Logs not deeply charred.  Mineral soil not changed in color.  Hydrophobic soil conditions rarely occur.  Root crowns and surface roots of grasses show high potential for resprouting.  Area classed as low < 2% high burn and < 15% moderate burn.

Moderate - surface litter, roten wood and other woody debris partially or whooly consumed by fire.  Lower duff partially-wholly consumed.  Logs may be deeply charred.  Mineral soil under ash not appreciably chnaged in color.
Hydrophobic conditions may occur. Root crowns and surface roots partially to whollyconsumed, resprouting inhibited.  Areas classed as moderate < 10% high, 50-90% moderate.

High - surface and lower duff completely consumed.  Logs deeply charred.  Top layer mineral soil generally changed in color.  Hydrophobic soils common.  Surface rocks split from heat Root crowns and surface roots usually destroyed, resprouting limited.  Areas classed as high, usually > 80% moderate and severly burned.

* Note, Sometimes fire severity is confused with fire intensity, and terms are used incorrectly or interchangeably.  Fire severity is a measure of the effects on soil.  Fire intensity is a measure of the "above ground" effects on vegetation, such as canopy scorch.  The GIS fire layer was called intensity, but the information collected describes severity.  Other confusion exists in teh "WO Amendment 2509.1 " (8/3/92) to the Forest Service Handbook which defines Low/Medium/High Fire Intensity, but is actually describing Fire Severiy.
Entity and attribute detailed citation:
Not Available
Direct spatial reference method: Vector
Attributes of LOWMFIRE.PAT
Detailed descriptions of entity type, attributes, and attribute values for the data.
Name: lowmfire.pat
Type of object: Feature Class
Number of records: 215
Description:
Polygon attribute table, user-defined attributes fire severity (bin-sym)
Source:
Field observation
Attributes
-
Definition:
Polygon attribute table, user-defined attributes fire severity (bin-sym)
Alias: FID Type: OID Width: 4 Precision: 0 Scale: 0
Attribute values: Sequential unique whole numbers that are automatically generated.
Attribute definition source:
Field observation
AREA
Definition:
Area of poly/region in square coverage units
Alias: Shape Type: Geometry Width: 0 Precision: 0 Scale: 0
Attribute values: Coordinates defining the features.
Attribute definition source:
Computed
LOWMFIRE#
Definition:
Internal feature number
Type: Float Width: 4 Number of decimals: 3 Output width: 12
Attribute values: Positive real numbers that are automatically generated.
Attribute definition source:
Computed
LOWMFIRE-ID
Definition:
User-assigned feature number
Type: Float Width: 4 Number of decimals: 3 Output width: 12
Attribute values: Positive real numbers that are automatically generated.
Attribute definition source:
User-defined
PERIMETER
Definition:
Perimeter of poly/region in coverage units
Type: Binary Width: 4 Output width: 5
Attribute values: Sequential unique whole numbers that are automatically generated.
Attribute definition source:
Computed
LOWMFIRE-ID
Definition:
Fire severity
Type: Binary Width: 4 Output width: 5
Attribute definition source:
Field observation
BIN-SYM
Type: Character Width: 1 Output width: 1
ESRI Feature Description
Description of spatial objects in the data using the Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI) terminology.
Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI) terms
arc
ESRI feature type: Simple
Geometry type: Arc
Topology: FALSE
Feature count: 560
Spatial index: FALSE
Linear referencing: FALSE
label
ESRI feature type: Simple
Geometry type: Label
Topology: FALSE
Feature count: 215
Spatial index: FALSE
Linear referencing: FALSE
polygon
ESRI feature type: Simple
Geometry type: Polygon
Topology: TRUE
Feature count: 215
Spatial index: FALSE
Linear referencing: FALSE
tic
ESRI feature type: Simple
Geometry type: Tic
Topology: FALSE
Feature count: 32
Spatial index: FALSE
Linear referencing: FALSE
annotation
Geometry type: Annotation
Topology: FALSE
Feature count: 0
Spatial index: FALSE
Linear referencing: FALSE
SDTS Feature Description
Description of point and vector spatial objects in the data using the Spatial Data Transfer Standards (SDTS) terminology.
Spatial data transfer standard (SDTS) terms
arc
Type: Complete chain
Count: 560
label
Type: Label point
Count: 215
polygon
Type: GT-polygon composed of chains
Count: 215
tic
Type: Point
Count: 32
annotation
Type: Label point
Count: 0
Data Quality and Accuracy Information
General
Information about the fidelity of relationships, data quality and accuracy tests, omissions, selection criteria, generalization, and definitions used to derive the data.
Logical consistency report:
Polygon topology present.
Completeness report:
Unknown
Attribute Accuracy
Accuracy of the identification of data entities, features and assignment of attribute values.
Attribute accuracy report:
See Entity_Attribute_Information
Attribute accuracy assessment:
Accuracy values
See Explanation
Explanation:
Attribute accuracy is described, where present, with each attribute defined in the Entity and Attribute Section.
Positional Accuracy
Accuracy of the positional aspects of the data.
Horizontal accuracy report:
Unknown
Horizontal positional accuracy assessment:
Accuracy values
50
Explanation:
Resolution as reported in acres
Data Source and Process Information
Process Steps
Information about events, parameters, tolerances and techniques applied to construct or derive the data.
Process step information
Process Step 1
Process description:
IMPORT COVER BIN BIN
Process date: 19891121 Process time: 132400
Process Step 2
Process description:
DMCCONNA IMPORT COVER LOWBIN LOWBIN
Process date: 19980616 Process time: 162900
Process Step 3
Process description:
DMCCONNA   DOCUMENT LOWBIN CREATE DMCCONNA
Process date: 19980623 Process time: 110200
Process Step 4
Process description:
DMCCONNA   DOCUMENT LOWBIN UPDATE DMCCONNA
Process date: 19980623 Process time: 122900
Process Step 5
Process description:
DMCCONNA COPY LOWBIN /FSFILES/REF/LIBRARY/GIS/BOISE/FIRE/LOWMANFIRE
Process date: 19980623 Process time: 133400
Process Step 6
Process description:
DMCCONNA EXPORT COVER /FSFILES/REF/LIBRARY/GIS/BOISE/FIRE/LOWMANFIRE LOWFIRE.E00
Process date: 19980623 Process time: 133500
Process Step 7
Process description:
DMCCONNA EXPORT COVER LOWMANFIRE /FSFILES/FSTMP/LOWMANFIRE.E00
Process date: 19980903 Process time: 085300
Process Step 8
Process description:
CKOLLENB EXPORT COVER LOWMANFIRE LOWMANFIRE.E00
Process date: 20000424 Process time: 160200
Process Step 9
Process description:
PROJECTCOPY COVER BBEXPFOR COVER LOWMFIRE

The original ArcInfo coverage did not have a projection defined.
Person: Lily Wai
Organization: University of Idaho Library
Position: Head of Government Documents
Phone: 208-885-6344
Fax: 208-885-6817
Email: lwai@uidaho.edu
Hours of service: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm (Pacific Time), Monday - Friday
Address type: mailing and physical address
Address:
University of Idaho Library
City: Moscow
State or Province: ID
Postal code: 83844-2350
County: USA
Process date: 20000707 Process time: 144100
Process Step 10
Process description:
EXPORT COVER LOWMFIRE LOWMFIRE_BNF_BNF.E00

The orginal coverage contributed by Diane McConnaughey was imported into ARC/INFO, renamed, and exported.  The file was then compressed using GZIP.

Metadata included with the original coverage (created using DOCUMENT.AML) was imported.  If the metadata was not FGDC compliant, it was updated to be compliant.
Organization: University of Idaho Library
Person: Bruce Godfrey
Position: GIS Specialist
Phone: 208-885-6463
Fax: 208-885-6817
Email: bgodfrey@uidaho.edu
Address type: mailing address
Address:
PO Box 442350
City: Moscow
State or Province: ID
Postal code: 83844-2350
County: USA
Process date: 20000707
Data Distribution Information
General
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Resource description:
Downloadable Data
Distribution liability:
Although these data have been processed successfully on a computer system at the University of Idaho Library, no warranty, expressed or implied, is made regarding the utility of the data on any other system, nor shall the act of distribution constitute any such warranty.
Distribution Point of Contact
Contact information for the individual or organization distributing the data.
Person: Bruce Godfrey
Organization: University of Idaho Library
Position: GIS Specialist
Phone: 208-885-6463
Fax: 208-885-6817
Email: bgodfrey@uidaho.edu
Address type: mailing address
Address:
PO Box 442350
City: Moscow
State or Province: ID
Postal code: 83844-2350
County: USA
Standard Order Process
Common ways in which data may be obtained.
Digital form:
Format name: ESRI Coverage
Size of the data: 0.297
Transfer size: 0.408
File decompression technique: Decompress using software capable of extracting a gzip (.gz) file (for example, WinZip or Pkzip on Windows operating systems).
Digital transfer option:
Online option:
Fees: None
Metadata Reference
Metadata Date
Dates associated with creating, updating and reviewing the metadata.
Last updated: 19980623
Last metadata review date: 20040527
Language of metadata: en
Metadata Point of Contact
Contact information for the individual or organization responsible for the metadata information.
Organization: Boise National Forest GIS Staff
Person: Diane McConnaughey
Position: GIS Specialist
Phone: (208) 373-4247
Email: dmcconnaughey@fs.fed.us
Address type: mailing and physical address
Address:
1249 South Vinnell Way
Suite 200
City: Boise
State or Province: ID
Postal code: 83709
County: USA
Metadata Standards
Description of the metadata standard used to document the data and reference to any additional extended profiles to the standard used by the metadata producer.
Standard name: FGDC Content Standards for Digital Geospatial Metadata
Standard version: FGDC-STD-001-1998
Time convention: local time
Metadata profiles defining additonal information:
Profile: ESRI Metadata Profile
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Stylesheet: FGDC Plus Stylesheet
File name: FGDC Plus.xsl
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