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Drawing Other Unit Shapes

WFDSS provides a robust set of tools that allow Data Managers to draw Other Unit shapes on the Unit Map. Since FMU and Strategic Objective shapes cannot be drawn (these are submitted to a WFDSS Data Contact for enabling), only Management Requirements and Other Unit Shapes can be drawn on the Unit Map (You can also upload Management Requirement and Other Unit Shapes on the Unit Shapes sub-tab).

Shapes that fall into the Other Unit shapes category can be lines, rectangles, or polygons that spatially represent information about local values data. The tools available to help Data Managers draw Other Unit Shapes on the Unit Map are the same tools used by fire managers and analysts to draw incident and analysis shapes on other map displays in WFDSS.

Figure 1: Shape Tools

Map Toolbar

Data Managers can draw multi-part shapes, or existing shapes can be merged to create a new shape. You cannot draw polygons with gaps in their interior (think of a donut), but you can upload this type of shape if needed.

To draw Other Unit Shapes:

  1. From the Incident List, choose Data Management > Objectives.
  2. Select the Geographic Area, Agency and Administrative Unit that you want to draw a Unit Shape for, and then select the Unit Map tab. The Unit Map appears.
  3. Locate the area on the map where you want to draw an Unit Shape.
  4. Select the map tool you want to use to create the shape on the map (point, line, rectangle, or polygon).
  5. Place your cursor on the map where you want to start drawing.
  6. Left click on the mouse and draw the shape. Lft-clicking as you go to creates vertices for lines and ploygon. rectangles, you must click and drag. Double-click to release the tool. The shape turns yellow. (If you don't like the shape you drew, click the eraser tool Eraser Icon to erase your sketch and draw it again.) If drawing a multi-part shape, place your cursor on the map where you want to start drawing the next shape. Draw the shape and double-click to release the tool when you are finished. Shapes you draw will turn yellow upon completion (draw multi-part shapes carefully, as clicking the erase tool at this point will erase all shapes you have drawn).
  7. Double-click when you are finished drawing the shape(s).
  8. Click the Green circle + beside Other Shapes for Unit XXX in the Unit Fire Planning map layers.
  9. Enter a Name, Category and Description, and then click Save. The Name will appear 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".
  10. Select the checkbox beside Include in Values if you want the value the shape represents to appear in the list of Values for the administrative unit. You will not be able to change this selection once the shape has been saved, so thoughtfully consider which selection is best for your administrative unit.
  11. Click Save.

Last updated on 9/30/2016 3:41:03 PM.

In This Section

Unit Shapes

To draw Other 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

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