The USGS Geosciences and Environmental Change Science Center in Denver, Colorado, and the Earth Resources Observation and Science Center (EROS) in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, have led the development, validation, and production of the Landsat Burned Area products. The algorithm producing the products identifies burned areas in Landsat images that have a spatial resolution of 30 meters and a temporal resolution of 16 days or more, depending on cloud cover. Fires are frequently unreported; consequently, existing fire databases are often incomplete and often have location errors and duplicate records. The Landsat Burned Area products provide new and unique information about spatial and temporal patterns of fire occurrence that existing fire databases may lack, especially in areas where fire information can be incomplete, such as in the Great Plains and the western and southeastern United States. In 2020, the Landsat Burned Area products were produced for 1984–2019 for the conterminous United States. Scene-level products are available through the USGS EarthExplorer and annual composites are available through the USGS Science Base Catalog.
Examples of the Landsat Burned Area annual composite products.