LANDFIRE (LF) products are designed to be used at a landscape-scale in support of strategic vegetation, fire, and fuels management planning to evaluate management alternatives across boundaries and facilitate national- and regional-level strategic planning and reporting of wildland fire management activities.
Click on the version links below to learn more about each version of LF.
Comparing LANDFIRE Vegetation Type, Cover, and Height Across Versions
Data Product Descriptions
LF delivers vegetation, fuel, disturbance, and fire regimes geospatial data products for the entire nation. Methods are based on peer-reviewed science from multiple fields. LF products are consistent, comprehensive, and standardized, resulting in multiple applications to fire, fuel, and natural resources. LF has 20+ products and many versions of these products. The descriptions allow for ease of comparison between products. The Version Table shows data availability and links to data mosaics.
LF Product Descriptions
LF Product Descriptions with References
LF Data Products Version Table
LF 2016 Remap Maps of the United States and Insular Areas
Data Use Recommendations
This section provides resources for appropriate applications and how to use LF products.
Scale and Use of LANDFIRE Products
Although LF products are delivered as 30-meter pixels, using individual or small groups of pixels is not recommended.
LF products are created to support national and regional strategic planning and strategic/tactical planning for large sub-regional landscapes and Fire Management Units (FMUs) such as significant portions of states or multiple federal administrative entities. The applicability of LF products to support fire and land management planning or smaller areas will vary by product, location, and specific use. Further investigation by local and regional experts should be conducted to inform decisions regarding local applicability. However, it is the responsibility of the local user, using LF metadata and local knowledge, to determine if and/or how LF can be used for particular areas of interest.
Managers and planners must evaluate LF products according to the scale and requirements specific to their needs (for example, habitat requirements for the species being considered or requirements by community leaders and interagency partners). LF products are not intended to replace local products, but rather serve as reference data by providing wall-to-wall cross-boundary products. It is the responsibility of the user to be familiar with the value, assumptions, and limitations of LF products.
How can I use LANDFIRE
Conservation Gateway (FAQs, Tutorial, Guides)
How do I cite LANDFIRE Products
LF provides several data access points to account for users' various needs, such as downloading the entire layer as a mosaic or selecting an area of interest in the Data Distribution Site (DDS).
NOTE: For display purposes, data shown on the viewer is in Web Mercator, which may cause distortions in the imagery. Distortions do not translate to the NAD 83 downloaded data.
LF data access with ArcGRID, LFDAT, and Non-ESRI scripting was archived March 31, 2022. Non-ESRI scripting will be removed July 1, 2022.
Please check out the capabilities offered by LANDFIRE's new viewer at
Data Distribution Site (DDS) Map Viewer
Web Service Calls (WCS) and Web Map Service (WMS)
LF Product Service (API)
ArgGIS Online - LF_USGS (view data only)