Metadata for Flathead County Fire Districts Metadata for Flathead County Fire Districts
Identification Information:
Originator: Flathead County GIS
Publication date: 2016
Title: Flathead County Fire Districts
Publication place: Kalispell, Montana
Publisher: Flathead County GIS
Online linkage:\\County_Shape_Files\

Legal requirements for the petitioning and creation of Rural Fire District can be found in MCA Title 7, Chapter 33, Part 21 and is summarized as follows:The creation of a Rural Fire Districts is begun by a petition from (a) landowner(s). After confirmation from the plat room that the petition contains signatures of 50% or more of the area of the privately owned lands included in the proposed district, the petition is submitted to the commissioners for approval. Resolutions granting the petitions can be found in the Commissioner's Journals, and are sent to the GIS department by the Clerk to the Board. The GIS department digitizes legal descriptions provided in the resolution and adjusts them to the Parcel Polygon data.Annexations to fire districts follow the same procedures as the creation of a fire district. The GIS Fire District boundaries will be updated as fire district annexations occur or new districts are created. Also, when incorporated city limit annexations occur, these areas will be removed from the rural fire district boundaries.One feature included in this data although it did not follow aforementioned legal proceedings is the "WHITEFISH RURAL CONTRACT" feature. This feature was included in a "1984 Billing List for Rural Fire Contracts" prior to the creation of the Whitefish Rural Fire District, but it was not included in the creation of the district nor in subsequent annexations. This feature has been included at Necille Lorang's request on behalf of the city of Whitefish.
Purpose: This dataset is used for general mapping and query purposes.

Time period of content:
Calendar date: 2016
Currentness reference: publication date
Progress: Complete
Maintenance and update frequency: Continually
Access constraints: None.
Use constraints:
Neither Flathead County, nor any of its employees, makes any warranty or guarantee to this data and assumes no legal responsibility for the information. Information is derived from multiple sources, subject to constant change, and may be of questionable accuracy, currency and completeness. Data is provided for informational purposes only. Primary information sources should be consulted for verification of data. Deriving conclusions from this data is done at the user's risk.This data does not necessarily meet mapping, surveying, or engineering standards and is not intended for design purposes. User should use caution when overlaying other datasets as it may not display correctly with other layers.
Point of contact:
Mindy Cochran
Program Manager
Flathead County GIS
800 South Main Street
Kalispell, Montana 59901

Telephone: (406)758-5540
Fax: (406)758-5840

Data set credit:
Credit given to Flathead County GIS would be appreciated when deriving products from this data.
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Data Quality Information:
Completeness report:
After extensive auditing has been conducted to find any missing annexations, this layer is considered complete. It is updated promptly after any new annexations occur.

Horizontal Positional Accuracy Report:
This data is built upon the Flathead County Parcel layer, which was created from a least squares adjustment of existing survey data representing the Public Land Survey System (PLSS).Field surveys of the parcel layer were conducted on a sampling of 10 townships, which revealed an average error of 11.36 feet, with a maximum error of 26.69 feet and a standard deviation of 7.86 feet.

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Spatial Data Organization Information:
Point and vector object information:
SDTS object type: G-polygon
SDTS object count: 92
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Spatial Reference Information:
Horizontal coordinate system definition:
Map projection:
Map projection name: Lambert Conformal Conic
Lambert conformal conic:
Lambert Conformal Conic
Standard parallel: 45.000000
Standard parallel: 49.000000
Longitude of central meridian: -109.500000
Latitude of projection origin: 44.250000
False easting: 600000.000000
False northing: 0.000000
Planar distance units: survey feet
Geodetic model:
Horizontal datum name: North American Datum of 1983
Ellipsoid name: Geodetic Reference System 80
Semi-major axis: 6378137.000000
Denominator of flattening ratio: 298.257222
Altitude system definition:
Altitude resolution: 1.000000
Altitude encoding method:
Explicit elevation coordinate included with horizontal coordinates
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Entity and Attribute Information:
Entity type label:

Attribute label: OBJECTID
Attribute definition: Internal feature number.
Attribute domain:
Sequential unique whole numbers that are automatically generated.

Attribute label: SHAPE
Attribute definition: Feature geometry.
Attribute domain: Coordinates defining the features.

Attribute label: NAME
Attribute definition: FIRE DISTRICT NAME

Attribute label: SHAPE.area

Attribute label: SHAPE.len

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Distribution Information:
Flathead County GIS
800 South Main Street
Kalispell, MT 59901

Telephone: 406-758-5540
Fax: 406-758-5840

Resource description: Downloadable Data

Standard order process:
Digital form:
Format name: ESRI shp file
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Metadata Reference Information:
Metadata date: 2016
Metadata contact:
Mindy Cochran
Program Manager
Flathead County GIS
800 South Main Street
Kalispell, MT 59901

Telephone: (406)758-5540
Fax: (406)758-5840

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