2018 Same Year Burn Severity

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Published by the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development - Regional Operations - Cariboo
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This burn severity classification is based on the near infrared (NIR) and short wave infrared (SWIR) bands of pre- and post-fire Landsat 8 imagery. This data was created using post-fire imagery from shortly after a fire was declared out or was considered to have stopped growing in size.

Data and Resources

Dataset Extent

Latitude: 48.0° to 60.0°
Longitude: -139.5° to -113.5°

Additional Information

Data Quality

Burn severity run immediately post-fire may not capture the true impact on vegetation; heat damage to vegetation (i.e. needle drop) may not be fully realized until a full growing season has passed, and so this classification may over- or under-estimate some burn severity categories, particularly in areas of dense canopy cover where the ground may not be visible in the post-fire satellite imagery.

Early season fires may be fully classed as unburned due to a combination of lower fire intensity and rapid vegetation green-up in the spring.

Default breakpoint values (based on research by the US Forest Service) are used for all fires across the province, regardless of fuel/timber types:

0-75 = unburned

76-109 = low

110-187 = medium/moderate

188-255 = high

Contact Information

NameCarole Mahood (custodian)
Emailcarole.mahood@gov.bc.ca
OrganizationMinistry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development
Sub-OrganizationRegional Operations - Cariboo

Access & Security

Who can view this dataset? Public
Who can download this dataset?Public

Metadata Information

Record Published 2019-09-10
Record Last Modified 2019-09-10
Resource Status onGoing