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Creating an Analysis Ignition File

A Fire Behavior Specialist can create (draw rather than copy a shape or upload a shape) an Analysis Ignition file for use in a STFB, NTFB, or FSPro fire behavior analysis. The ignition file can be a point, line, or polygon and the analyst can create it from the Analysis Map or the Situation Assessment Map.

Note: Be careful not to draw the ignition shape too close to a barrier. If the ignition overlaps the barrier shape, you could get unexpected results from your analysis.

To create an analysis ignition:

  1. Choose Analysis > select analysis you want to add an ignition file for > View Information > Analysis Map.
  2. To select the map layers you want to view and to see the map legend, click the Map tab > mark/unmark the appropriate checkboxes for the map layers you want to view. (Clicking the + sign next to the layer name expands the tree view.)
  3. Select the map tool you want to use to create the ignition file (point, line, or polygon).
  4. Place your cursor on the map where you want to start drawing, then click once.
  5. Move the mouse to the end point, then double-click to release the tool. The shape turns yellow and has a temporary name.
  6. Verify that you have not created your ignition shape on unburnable fuels.

    To do this, select the identify I Icon icon and click within the ignition shape. The information about that point on the landscape appears on the Info tab in the left pane.

  7. Click the + to expand the Analysis layer.
  8. Click the Green circle + icon to the right of Ignitions.
  9. Enter a Name for the shape. Be sure to use descriptive names (e.g., Ignition 5/25/10).
  10. Click Save. The temporary shape name changes to the one that you entered and appears in the tree view with a checkbox next to it.

When you go to the Analysis Parameters page for this analysis, the ignition file you created appears in the Ignition file drop-down list.

Last updated on 1/28/2019 1:40:48 PM.

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Maps and Shapes

To create an analysis ignition file:

See Also

About Maps

Using the Map View

About Shapes

About Analysis Shape Files (STFB, NTFB, FSPro)

Deleting Shapes

Drawing Shapes on the Map

About Planning Areas

Subscribing to Planning Area Notifications

Creating a Planning Area

Drawing a Landscape Extent

Querying the Landscape Data

Creating a Barrier

Merging Two Shapes

Uploading Shapes

Creating a Landscape Mask

About Images

Uploading Images

Capturing Map Images

Downloading National Data Layers

Downloading Incident Shapes

Downloading Fire Perimeters

Viewing Shapes

Viewing Unit Shapes on a Map

Viewing, Copying or Downloading Feature Information

Copying Feature Information

Downloading Feature Information

Viewing Smoke Dispersion Information

Viewing the Fire Danger Rating Graph

Saving Fire Danger Rating Graphs to Incident Content

Viewing Strategic Objectives


Field Descriptions

Glossary Resources

Spatial Data Reference

Landscape Data Source Reference

Relative Risk Reference

Organization Assessment Reference

Fire Behavior Reference

About the WFDSS Decision Editors