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Other Unit Shapes

Other Unit Shapes are shapes other than Strategic Objective and Management Requirement shapes, that help an administrative unit implement its chosen Planning Process in WFDSS and assist with incident management. Like Management Requirement shapes, Other Unit Shapes are managed at the administrative unit and contain information about local values. Unlike Management Requirement shapes, Other Unit Shapes do not require consideration in incident decision-making unless individual shapes are selected by the Data Manager to be included in the unit's values when the shape was created or uploaded. Once a Data Manager creates or uploads an Other Unit Shape, you cannot edit the the shape or its 'inclusion in values' status. A Data Manager will have to upload or draw a new shape and delete the old one.

Other Unit shapes are points, lines, or polygons that contain information about local values data. Data Managers can upload these shapes as zipped shapefiles on the Unit Shapes sub tab or draw the shapes on the Unit Map. Other Unit Shapes can also be downloaded from WFDSS for use in a GIS. Other Unit Shapes are not activated like Management Requirement shapes, and Data Managers have the flexibility to manage these types of shapes dynamically throughout the year.

Data Managers can use the Unit Shapes feature to pre-load shapefiles and create a shapefile library of local values data for decision making on their unit. The shapefile library can save time when managing an incident by pre-loading shapes that relate to local conditions and the unit's fire planning process. The shapefile library ensures that relevant Unit Shapes are available and considered in the decision-making process. 

Examples of values that can be saved as Other Unit Shapes include, but are not limited to:

What’s unique about Other Unit Shapes is that a Data Manager can choose to include the value a shape represents in the list of values for an administrative unit. If the Data Manager chooses to include the shape in the list of values, then the value is considered in an incident’s decision content when the shape intersects the incident’s planning area.

You can copy Other Unit Shapes and save them for use as incident or analysis shapes. For example, if an administrative unit frequently uses the same M.A.P.s each year, these shapes can be loaded into WFDSS as Other Unit Shapes. The shapes can be copied, saved and reused each year without having to redraw or re-upload.

Before uploading Other Unit Shapes for a unit, your unit's FMUs or Strategic Objective shapes must already exist in the national FMU layer. Contact the WFDSS GIS Team for assistance.

WARNING: Before uploading or drawing Other Unit Shapes, a Data Manager must ensure that the shape does not exceed the maximum shape size (100 points or 50000 vertices for lines and polygons), and determine if the value the shape represents should be included in an administrative unit's Values for consideration in incident decision-making. Once created, an Other Unit Shape cannot be edited, nor can a Data Manager choose to select or deselect the Include in Values option. A new shape with updated attributes needs to be uploaded or created and the old shape deleted.

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Unit Shapes

See Also

Uploading Unit Shapes

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

Uploading Other Unit Shapes

Viewing or Downloading Other Unit Shapes

Deleting Other Unit Shapes

Reference

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