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Downloading Incident Shapes

WFDSS allows you to download the shapes you have created for an incident, so that you can use them for other things, even after the decision process is complete. Examples of such other uses include post-fire rehabilitation and maintenance of historical records of fire progression. You can use the downloaded shapes in any program that uses shapefiles (GIS, Google Earth®, etc.).

The following criteria apply:

To download incident shapes:

  1. From the Incident List, select the incident for which you want to download shapes.
  2. Click Assess Situation. The map view for the incident appears.
  3. From the Menu tab in the left frame, select the layer where the incident shape is stored.
  4. Click the expand Expand Banner icon arrow beside the shape you want to download.
  5. Click the Download Shape Download shapes icon tool. The File Download window appears.
  6. Click Save. The Save As window appears.
  7. Navigate to the folder where you want to save the file.
  8. If necessary, change the file name.
  9. Click Save. The ZIP file for the shape is saved to the folder you specified.

Last updated on 12/23/2021 3:21:20 PM.

To load perimeters for multiple fires into one fire record in WFDSS:

WFDSS is designed with the idea of a 1:1 relationship between decisions and wildfires. Similarly, WFDSS is built in a way that when a perimeter is uploaded for an incident, the perimeter data are dissolved and the data becomes associated with that incident. The integrity of individual fire data is critical to an analysts ability to make sense of a situation and for upwards reporting. When data for multiple incidents is combined under one fire record, this integrity is compromised.

Impacts of loading perimeters for multiple fires into one fire record in WFDSS include:

At the end of the calendar year, WFDSS perimeters are pulled together into a Historic Fire Perimeters dataset. Because there is no automated way to check perimeters to see if perimeters for multiple fires were loaded into a single fire record, all of those multiple perimeters become part of the Historic Fire Perimeters dataset, labeled with the name of the incident into which they were loaded. This can cause confusion for users who are later trying to use the data for situational awareness or in masks and barriers for fire behavior modeling.

Here are a few suggestions to effectively deal with needing to see or use perimeters from fires within a WFDSS record when they are perimeters for a different record.

Last updated on 12/23/2021 3:21:20 PM.

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Maps and Shapes

To download incident shapes:

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

Creating an Analysis Ignition File

Merging Two Shapes

Uploading Shapes

Creating a Landscape Mask

About Images

Uploading Images

Capturing Map Images

Downloading National Data Layers

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