NFIRS 5.0 Element: ‘Human Factors Contributing’

Définition : The human condition or situation that allowed the heat source and combustible material to combine to ignite the fire.
Purpose : Combined with Wildland Fire Cause and Factors Contributing to Ignition, this element explains how and why the fire started. The data element Age Was a Factor is particularly useful in tracking juvenile firesetter trends when used in combination with Gender of Person Involved (Block L2) and Age or Date of Birth (Block L3). It can also indicate whether a fire is potentially preventable through public education or other strategies.
Entry : Check or mark the boxes that best describe any human factors that contributed to the ignition of the wildland fire. Multiple factors can be selected. If human factors were not involved or cannot be determined, check or mark the None box only.

Element Specification

 Specification   Value 
Requirement Optional
Expected Length 1
Multiple Choice 0 – 8
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.


Here are the NFIRS codes for the ‘Human Factors Contributing’ element

Human Factors Contributing  Code 
Asleep 1
Possibly impaired by alcohol or drugs 2
Unattended or unsupervised person. 3
Possibly Mentally Disabled 4
Physically Disabled 5
Multiple persons involved 6
Age was a Factor 7
None N

Topic: NFIRS