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Drawing a Landscape Extent

The landscape extent, defined by the fire behavior specialist, determines the size of the landscape file used for fire behavior modeling. All fire behavior analysis outputs are limited to the area included in the landscape extent. If you find that the extent is too small, create a larger extent. A fire behavior specialist can create or update a landscape extent two ways:

Either method can be used to create or update a landscape extent. Drawing an extent auto-populates the extent coordinates on the Landscape page and adding/updating coordinates on the Landscape page updates the landscape extent on the analysis map. For BFB and STFB, as well as FSPro, FlamMap is run for all cells contained by the landscape extent, so its important to limit it to a reasonable size. The landscape extent needs to be large enough to contain fire behavior outputs, but not so large that it slows processing time.

The size of your landscape extent is currently limited by the following:

You must define the landscape extent before an LCP is created, and you should redefine it if the Arrival Time and Major Paths of STFB, NTFB, or FSPro outputs are larger than the extent. When creating the landscape extent, consider the following:

You will receive an error message if you draw a landscape extent that is too large and you will have to navigate back to the analysis map or landscape page to redefine it.

WARNING: 100x100 mile landscapes have large pixel counts. They cause the modeling servers to run out of memory. If the server does not run out of memory, the model could take a month to process.

To draw a landscape extent:

  1. From the Analysis list, select the analysis you want to create a landscape extent for.
  2. Click View Information. The analysis General Information page appears.
  3. Choose Analysis Map from the menu options on the left. The Analysis Map appears.
  4. Zoom in on the incident marker.
  5. Select the Landscape Extent Landscape Extent Icon tool.
  6. Position your cursor where you want to start the landscape extent, then click and drag the mouse until the shape is the right size. A green box appears that delineates your landscape extent.
  7. Choose the Info tab to view the latitude and the longitude boundaries in the Landscape Extent section.
  8. If you are satisfied with the extent shown by the green box you drew, click Save.  Otherwise re-draw the extent until you are satisfied.

    A message appears stating that your landscape extent was saved.

You can now edit your landscape data layers (if needed) by creating landscape editor rules. If you choose not to make modifications to your landscape data, you can proceed to creating your landscape file.

Last updated on 1/28/2019 2:05:00 PM.

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Analysis for Fire Behavior Specialists

To draw a landscape extent:

See Also

Viewing Fire Behavior Request Details

Accepting or Refusing an Analysis Request

Granting Analysis Privileges

Downloading a RAWS KMZ File

Analysis Notes

About Analysis Shape Files (STFB, NTFB, FSPro)

Creating a Landscape Editor Rule

Importing Landscape Editor Rules

Creating the Landscape File

Downloading an LCP File

Editing the Landscape File

Modifying Landscape File Parameters

Viewing the Landscape for an Analysis

Generating a Landscape Critique

Downloading a Landscape Critique

Basic Fire Behavior (BFB)

Running a Basic Fire Behavior (BFB) Analysis

Copying an Existing Basic Fire Behavior Analysis

Analyst_Assisted Short Term Fire Behavior (STFB)

Running a Short-Term Fire Behavior (STFB) Analysis

Copying an Existing Short-Term Fire Behavior Analysis

Near-Term Fire Behavior (NTFB)

Running a Near-Term Fire Behavior Analysis (NTFB)

Setting Up Burn Periods for NTFB

Using Gridded Winds (BFB, STFB)

Modifying Wind Information (BFB, STFB)

Modifying Fuel Moistures for Fire Behavior Analysts

About Weather Station Information (BFB & STFB, NTFB, FSPro)

About FWX Weather Files

Downloading FWX Weather Files (FSPro)

Weather Station Availability for Fire Behavior Analysis

Generating Hourly Weather Forecasts

Viewing and Modifying Weather Summary Data (BFB, STFB & NTFB)

Copying an Existing Near-Term Fire Behavior Analysis

Creating an FSPro Analysis

About General FSPro Input Parameters

FSPro Information Menu Option

About Run FSPro Status

Monitoring FSPro Run Status from the Analysis List

About the Date Filter (FSPro)

Copying an Existing FSPro Analysis

About the ERC Stream (FSPro)

About ERC Classes (FSPro)

Setting up FSPro Winds

Editing the FSPro Wind Matrix

Adding or Deleting Rows to the Winds Matrix (FSPro)

Downloading Winds (FSPro)

Recalculating Winds Distribution (FSPro)

Interpreting the Winds Rose (FSPro)

Downloading an Analysis KMZ File

Near Term Fire Behavior Results Downloads

FSPro Fire Behavior Results Downloads

Viewing Analysis Notes

Viewing Analysis Results

Viewing the Analysis Report


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