NFIRS 5.0 Element: ‘Wind Direction’

Definition : The direction that the wind was blowing from at ground level. For instance, a north wind blows out of the north and would push a fire to the south.
Purpose : This information helps determine fire causes, rate of spread, and direction of a fire.
Entry : Enter the code and description for the direction that the ground-level wind is coming from. If Wind Speed (next) is zero, enter “N” for Wind Direction.

Element Specification

 Specification   Value 
Requirement Optional
Expected Length 1
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 ‘Wind Direction’ element

Wind Direction  Code 
North 1
Northeast 2
East 3
Southeast 4
South 5
Southwest 6
West 7
Northwest 8
Shifting Winds 9
None/Calm N
Undetermined U

Transactions containing ‘Wind Direction’

The value of this element is captured by the following transaction :

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Last Updated on May 9, 2023