WildfireDB: An Open-Source Dataset ConnectingWildfire Spread with Relevant Determinants


Modeling fire spread is critical in fire risk management. Creating data-driven models to forecast spread remains challenging due to the lack of comprehensive data sources that relate fires with relevant covariates. We present the first comprehensive and open-source dataset that relates historical fire data with relevant covariates such as weather, vegetation, and topography. Our dataset, named textitWildfireDB, contains over 17 million data points that capture how fires spread in the continental USA in the last decade. In this paper, we describe the algorithmic approach used to create and integrate the data, describe the dataset, and present benchmark results regarding data-driven models that can be learned to forecast the spread of wildfires.

35th Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems (NeurIPS 2021) Track on Datasets and Benchmarks