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4.11 Release Improves Relative Risk and Organization Assessment Functionality

Release 4.11 will be deployed on Training 2/11/2014 and to Production 2/12/2014.

New Functionality and Enhancements



WFDSS Login Screen

  • There is now a link to the WFDSS Home Page so that users can quickly access the latest application information.

Requesting a New Account

  • When someone requests a new user account for WFDSS, they must first review and acknowledge some preliminary conditions before continuing the application process. This ensures that only authorized personnel can access the WFDSS application, such a federal employees and federal contractors.

User Name

  • New user names must contain only lowercase letters, numbers and the special characters @, underscore (_), and/or period. Current user names that do not conform to this convention remain the same.

My Home - System Preferences

  • There are new USGS map layers available to users: USGS Topos, USGS Imagery, USGS Imagery with Topo lines. You can change your default map layer preference on this page. The WFDSS default layer is USGS Topos.

My Home - Address Book

  • Address Book search performance is improved.

Filter Sharing

  • GA Editors, National Editors, and users assigned the Feedback role can share and transfer individual incident, analysis, and intelligence filters with one or more WFDSS users.


  • This version of LANDFIRE is the default layer for WFDSS incidents.


  • When these conditions are met, the application generates a new FLAME ACT report:
    • Recommended Organization is Type 1 or Type 2 team chosen by the local units.
    • Incident size or latest perimeter size is at least 300 acres.
    • The Incident Type is Wildfire.
    • The incident origin is on federal land.
  • These values of these three fields display on the FLAME ACT Report.


  • Creating an Incident: Each new incident must include the Incident Type, Responsible Unit ID, and the Local Fire Number.
  • Incident Type: New incidents must be categorized by an Incident Type. There are three types of incidents:
    • Wildfire: Refers to single incident fire events.
    • Prescribed: Refers to fire events that are set in order to achieve management plan objectives.
    • Other: Refers to all other fire events.
  • International Incidents: You can now create incidents for any fire incident within 50 km of the US Border of Canada and Mexico (for Alaska it is within 10 miles.) The Intelligence map displays new state layer maps for Canada and Mexico.
  • Jurisdictional Point of Origin is set by National Editors and GA Editors only.

Incidents > Situation

  • You can generate a Landscape Report from the Situation Map and open the Report in the Incidents > Reports sub-tab.

Incidents > Objectives

  • Incident Objectives and Requirements always display in ascending order, and the order they were entered.

Incidents > Course of Action

  • There are no longer any default actions items displayed on this page.

Incidents > Relative Risk

  • The Relative Risk Assessment is updated to reflect changes implemented by NWCG.

Incidents > Organization Assessment

  • The term Organizational Needs Assessment is replaced by the term Organization Assessment (OA).
  • The OA is updated to reflect the NWCG changes. Agency Administrators can now choose the type of organization they ordered to manage the incident.

Incidents > Decisions

  • The Rationale section of a decision must be completed before publishing.
  • Users can now capture individual and combined M.A.P. images. After creating a pending decision, users can remove the images if needed.

Incidents > Reports

  • You can edit and delete Landscape Report data generated from the Situation or Analysis maps. The report is automatically generated in landscape view when a map capture is created. Users need to enter a report name during map capture to create these reports.


  • Users can generate map captures from a group map for inclusion in reports and incidents in the group.
  • Users can view all decisions within a group.This enhances navigation to the incident content.


  • All WFDSS analyst assisted models provide the option of adding Notes to any input, landscape, or results page. You can add, edit or delete notes any time before an analysis is run or anytime after, regardless of the status of the analysis.
  • Zero Conditioning Days: Super Analysts can set the application so that Basic and Short Term Fire Behavior analyses can be run with zero conditioning days off. Analysis results do not display solar radiation or fuel moistures.


  • You can filter the Intelligence Summary Report by Date Range and Incident Type.

Data Management

  • Data Management Notes: Data Managers can add, edit, or delete five different types of data management notes from the Notes sub-tab to document the fire planning process and other incident decisions or events using one of five types of notes
  • Viewing Data Management Change History: Data Managers can review change history for a unit and if needed, filter information by entry date range, types, and/or actions. Results display Date, User, FMU, Action and Comments.
  • Strategic Objectives and Management Requirements always display in ascending order, and the order they were entered.
  • Data Managers can export, their data management from the WFDSS Production environment. After export, they can upload into the WFDSS Training environment for pre-season training.


  • GA Editors can add comments when they grant or remove user roles.