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Uploading Unit Shapes

From the Data Management tab, Data Managers can upload unit shapes for their units and quickly view each on the Unit map to ensure they display correctly.

The shape library can save time when managing an incident by pre-loading shapes that relate to local conditions and the unit's fire planning process.

CAUTION: If you upload unit shapes after drawing your planning area for an incident, you will need to redraw the planning area.

Before uploading a unit shape, verify the following:

The shapes you upload will be associated with unit you select.

Note: Though WFDSS uses NAD83, it will import and convert shapefiles that were created in other common projections and datums. In addition, shapes are downloadable in a local Albers projection that is based on the location of the incident. The maximum Other Unit shape size is 1000 points or 150,000 vertices for lines and polygons. This applies to Other Unit shapes only.

To upload unit shapes:

  1. Choose Data Management > Unit Shapes. The Unit Shapes page appears.
  2. Select the Geographic Area, Agency, and Unit that you are uploading shapes for.
  3. Enter a Label for your shape. This label appears in the layer switcher on the map, so make sure that it accurately and simply reflects the shape's purpose or content. For example, "Spotted Owl" or "Kickapoo Campground".
  4. Enter a Category for the shape. This tells other users what the shape is used for. For example, "Barrier", "Habitat", or "Structures". Your unit should agree on consistent categories and naming conventions for Unit Shapes.
  5. Enter a Description that provides more details about the shape. For example, "full-service campground with electrical and water".
  6. Click Browse to navigate to the shapefile you are uploading. The Choose File to Upload window appears.
  7. Navigate to the shapefile you want to upload, then click Open. The full path for your file appears in the File to Upload field.
  8. Mark the Include in Values checkbox to include the shape in the Values layer and Values Inventory. You can change this at any time by choosing Data Management > Unit Shapes > de-select the checkbox next to the selected shape.
  9. Click Upload. The shapefile appears in the Shapes for Unit list.

You can now use the shapes with incident objectives, M.A.P.s, and other tasks.

Last updated on 11/29/2023 4:59:26 PM.

In This Section

Unit Shapes

To upload unit shapes

See Also

Deleting Unit Shapes

Viewing Unit Shapes on a Map

Managing Strategic Objective Shapes

Strategic Objective Examples for use with Spatial Fire Planning

Guidelines for Developing Shapes used with the SFP Process

Managing Management Requirement Shapes

Drawing and Associating Management Requirement Shapes

Editing Associations for Management Requirement Shapes

Replacing Management Requirement Shapes

Uploading Management Requirement Shapes

Drawing Other Unit Shapes

Other Unit Shapes

Uploading Other Unit Shapes

Viewing or Downloading Other Unit Shapes

Deleting Other Unit Shapes


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