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NFIRS 5.0 Element: ‘Total Acres Burned’

Definition: This data element captures the estimated total acres burned by a wildland fire.

Purpose: Recording the estimated number of acres burned indicates the magnitude of each fire and of the wildland fire problem overall.This can be used to evaluate progress in wildland fire prevention.This information can also help determine the magnitude of resources that should be devoted to fire protection and the cost effectiveness of various programs. An estimate of the number of acres burned represents a vital component of the overall fire loss picture.

Entry: Up to 9 digits with 2 decimal places, e.g. 0.25 or 5.5 or 1000. This entry should be the most accurate estimate of acres burned that is practical to obtain (one acre equals 43,560 square feet). Estimates based on the use of accurately scaled maps, dot grids, planimeters, or other accurate measuring methods are preferred.

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Transactions containing ‘Total Acres Burned’

A few NFIRS elements are reused accross a number of transactions, but typically the value is captured by one transaction only.

Element Specification

 Specification   Value 
Requirement Mandatory
Maximum Length 9
Element Type Floating Point - Floating point precision numbers (The expected length column depicts the max left and right side precision). If the user has not provided information, an empty field should be transmitted. - Maximum length 9 characters
Floating Point Precision 2
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