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About Incident Groups

An Incident Group is a customized collection of incidents that users assigned the Author role can create to quickly manage and review details about incidents of interest. Incident Groups are also created automatically for incidents grouped (complexes) in IRWIN. When considering complexes in WFDSS, it is important to remember that WFDSS is designed with the idea of a 1:1 relationship between decisions and wildfires. WFDSS does not provide support for creating complexes, adding incidents to complexes, or removing them. WFDSS does provide a way to view the incidents in a complex through the WFDSS “Groups” tab.

You might make an Incident Group to view fires in close proximity, in a complex, within a specified geographic area, for various years; or view shapefiles for all incidents within an Incident Group. Incident Groups make it easy to jump to the Decisions for the incidents in the group, and incidents remain in the Incident Group until you remove them. Incident Groups have one or more owners (and you can transfer ownership), can be Public or Private, and allow you to jump to a group map, decisions, or analyses.

Using Incident Groups you can:

Note: You cannot run analyses, reports, or create decisions for a group of incidents. Analyses, reports, and decisions are created and processed for individual incidents using the WFDSS Incidents tab's Decisions, Reports, and Analysis sub-tabs.

Additional information about the WFDSS/IRWIN relationship regarding complexes.

Computer Aided Dispatch’s (CAD’s), ICS-209, and FireCode applications can create complexes, and add/remove incidents to/from a complex. When a record from IRWIN is designated as a complex at the time of creation, that complex record will not be added to the list of incidents in WFDSS. The complex will be added to the WFDSS “Groups” tab, and any fires that are a member of the complex will be added to the group. Fires that are a member of a complex will be added to the list of incidents in WFDSS.

If a record from IRWIN is designated as a wildfire when it was created, it will be added to WFDSS. If that record is later designated a complex (the data element “isComplex” is set to “True” in IRWIN), its type in WFDSS will change from “Wildfire” to “Other”. A decision can still be published for an incident of type “Other”, but WFDSS does not exchange data with IRWIN for non-Wildfire typed incidents. Updates on Complex records will not be passed back to IRWIN for distribution to other applications. The following links provide “Best Practice” information for handling complexes in wildland fire computer applications, and for working with complexes and decisions in WFDSS.

NMAC Guidance on Managing Complexes within the ICS-209 and IRWIN Programs

WFDSS and Complexing discussion paper

In This Section

Creating an Incident Group

Editing a Group

Deleting an Incident Group

Downloading Incident Group Perimeters

Selecting Incident Group KMZ Download Criteria

Downloading a KMZ for the Incident Groups List

Viewing an Incident Groups Map

Viewing Incident Groups Decisions

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