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Uploading Shapes

When managing incidents, you might need to upload incident-level shapes that were created outside of WFDSS. These shapes may include fire perimeters collected by GPS units or drawn in a GIS. All shapes loaded into WFDSS require a projection file and are stored in the government standard NAD83 GCS. If you upload a shape as a NAD83 GCS, it will not need to be reprojected. If you upload a shape with a different projection, WFDSS will automatically reproject it to NAD83 GCS. A complex shape will be 'thinned' by WFDSS for display purposes, but the unmodified shape is stored in the system and all acreage and inventory calculations are made using the original upload file.

The following shape types can be loaded:

CAUTION: It is not advisable to use the same perimeter for both the ignition file and the barrier file. If the two files overlap, or depending on the landscape resolution used, the barrier file could actually overwhelm the ignition file producing unexpected results. It is not advisable to use the same perimeter for both the ignition file and the barrier file. If the two files overlap, or depending on the landscape resolution used, the barrier file could actually overwhelm the ignition file producing unexpected results.

Before uploading a shape, verify the following:

The Shape Upload menu option is available in the left hand menu from both the Incident and Analysis perspectives. The shapes you upload will be associated with the incident you are developing content or analysis for.

Consider the resolution of the shapefile you are uploading. Shapes that were drafted for detailed ecological studies, for example, may require a very fine resolution. Often, these shapes can be simplified for use in WFDSS where broad strategic decisions are being made. Biologists may have walked with a GPS collecting a point every meter along a stream containing an endangered species, for example. Though this fine detail is valuable for scientific analysis, it may be too detailed for fire management decisions. If drafting water or introducing retardant into the waterway is precluded, it is preferable, for fire management decisions, to use a courser shape that provides a better buffer for the sensitive area. Very narrow polygons, though calculated correctly under the hood, cannot be displayed in WFDSS and will look much better on screen if coarsened. Lastly, for analyses, the minimum resolution of the grids in 30m. Vertices collected at a finer resolution than this are not ‘seen’ by the fire behavior models.

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.: 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.

To upload shapes for an incident:

  1. From the Incident List, select the incident you want to upload a shape for.
  2. Click View Information. The Edit Incident Information page appears.
  3. From the left menu, choose Shape Upload. The Upload Shape Files page appears.
  4. In the Shape Label field, type a descriptive name for the shape you are uploading (character limit is 64).
  5. Select the Shape Type.
  6. Select the Shape Date and Time. This is the effective date for the shape, and is beneficial for tracking the history related to the types of shapes uploaded.
  7. Mark the Source Types for the shape.
  8. Enter a Comment describing the shape you are uploading.
  9. Click Browse to navigate to where the shape ZIP file is stored. The Choose File window appears.
  10. Select the shape ZIP file you want to upload and click Open. The path and filename for the ZIP file appear in the File to Upload field.
  11. Click Upload. The shapes will be uploaded and associated with the incident. Uploaded shapes are available for viewing in map displays.

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 To upload shapes for an analysis:

  1. From the Analysis List, select the analysis you want to upload a shape for. (This function is available only for Basic and Short-Term Fire Behavior, and FSPro runs.)
  2. Click View Information. The Analyses page appears.
  3. From the left menu, choose Shape Upload. The Upload Shape Files page appears.
  4. In the Shape Label field, type a descriptive name for the shape you are uploading (character limit is 64).
  5. Select the Shape Type.
  6. Select the Shape Date and Time. This is the effective date for the shape, and is beneficial for tracking the history related to the types of shapes uploaded.
  7. Mark the Source Types.
  8. Enter a Comment describing the shape you are uploading.
  9. Click Browse to navigate to where the shape ZIP file is stored. The Choose File window appears.
  10. Select the shape ZIP file you want to upload and click Open. The path and filename for the ZIP file appear in the File to Upload field.
  11. Click Upload. The shapes will be uploaded and associated with the analysis.
  12. To view the shape:
    1. In the left pane of the Map tab, verify that the Incident and Analysis layers are turned on.
    2. If the Incident and Analysis layers are not checked, click the + sign for each to expand the layer options.
    3. Select the shape you just uploaded (the description you entered when uploading the shape appears in the list).

The shape should appear on your map view. If it doesn't, that means that either the latitude/longitude are wrong in the shape or incident, or you uploaded the wrong shape.

Try zooming out until you see the shape description, then use the hand (panning) tool to move the shape to the center of your screen before zooming in.

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In This Section

Maps and Shapes

To upload shapes for an analysis:

To upload a landscape mask:

To upload shapes for an incident:

See Also

About Maps

Using the Map View

About Shapes

About Analysis Shape Files (STFB, NTFB, FSPro)

Deleting Shapes

Drawing Shapes on the Map

About Planning Areas

Subscribing to Planning Area Notifications

Creating a Planning Area

Drawing a Landscape Extent

Querying the Landscape Data

Creating a Barrier

Creating an Analysis Ignition File

Merging Two Shapes

Creating a Landscape Mask

About Images

Uploading Images

Capturing Map Images

Downloading National Data Layers

Downloading Incident Shapes

Downloading Fire Perimeters

Viewing Shapes

Viewing Unit Shapes on a Map

Viewing, Copying or Downloading Feature Information

Copying Feature Information

Downloading Feature Information

Viewing Smoke Dispersion Information

Viewing the Fire Danger Rating Graph

Saving Fire Danger Rating Graphs to Incident Content

Viewing Strategic Objectives

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