Definition: A general description of the area where the wildland fire occurred.
Purpose: Aggregate information on the areas where wildland fires occur helps determine the level of risk from fires in densely populated areas versus those in rural areas. This field also documents fires occurring in urban- wildland interface areas.
Here are the NFIRS codes for the ‘Area Type’ element, including any “other” values in case none of the preselected choices match:
|Rural, Including Farms >50 Acres||1|
|Urban, Heavily Populated Areas||2|
|Rural/Urban or Suburban||3|
|Urban/Wildland Interface Area||4|
|Element Type||Coded Field - The coded field relating to an entry in the code table. Most coded fields allow for Plus+ One codes. For these fields the expected length of the coded entry is depicted as (National length OR Plus+ One length). Only fields with this notation in the expected length column allow for Plus+ One definitions. If the user has not provided information, an empty field should be transmitted.|
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