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Unit Shapes

WARNING: The maximum shape size is 1000 points or 150000 vertices for lines and polygons.

Unit Shapes refer to the broad range of shapes that are uploaded for an administrative unit and include Fire Management Unit shapes, Strategic Objective shapes, Management Requirement shapes, and Other Unit Shapes that contain information about local values data. Unit Shapes apply to the administrative unit and are different from incident shapes (perimeters, M.A.P.s, etc.) and analysis shapes (ignitions, barriers, etc.). Unit shapes are used by both the FMU and SFP planning processes and are managed by users assigned the Data Manager role from the Data Management perspective in WFDSS.

Note: While FMU and Strategic Objective shapes are submitted to a WFDSS Data Contact for submission to WFDSS, Management Requirement and Other Unit Shapes are managed at the local administrative unit level.

Unit shapes can be points, lines or polygons and with the exception of FMUs and Strategic Objectives, can be uploaded as a zipped shapefile by a WFDSS user assigned the role of Data Manager. Data Managers can view uploaded shapes in the Unit Fire Planning map layers on the Unit Map, and draw new shapes there as well.

Before uploading Unit Shapes (to include Management Requirement and/or Other Unit Shapes) for a unit, your unit's FMUs or Strategic Objective shapes must be included in the national FMU layer. Contact the WFDSS GIS Team for assistance.

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 4:48:42 PM.


In This Section

Data Management

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

Other Unit Shapes

Uploading Other Unit Shapes

Viewing or Downloading Other Unit Shapes

Deleting Other Unit Shapes

See Also

Planning Processes

Data Management Overview


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