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Capturing Map Images

On map displays other than the Intelligence maps, you can capture map displays in a snapshot photo to use in your decision document. You can also use the Map Capture feature for Incident Group maps for Public Groups, but this feature is not available for non-public groups. These captured map displays are called map images. Map displays that show fire perimeters, M.A.P.s, critical values, or fire behavior outputs are a few examples of images that are helpful to capture and help describe the complexities of an incident. You can capture map images that use WFDSS topos, US States or USGS-sourced base layers. These are the only base layers that can be copied or reproduced in WFDSS due to copyright issues.

Capturing images requires two inputs: Image Label and Description. When developing Image Labels and Descriptions, special characters are not allowed; WFDSS warns you that special characters need to be removed before the application can successfully capture an image. Captured images are saved to the Images folder for an incident. When working with the advanced decision editor, the image folder can be accessed in the Incident Content Tree. When working with the default decision editor, images are available when you insert sections into a decision.

When capturing images, you can also choose to assign the image a Report name to generate a report that includes a landscape-oriented image of the map capture. Once created, these types of reports are available on the Reports tab and can be edited or downloaded and shared as .pdfs. You can capture images without creating reports, but you can't create a report without also entering an image label and capturing an image.

If you'd like to use images created outside of WFDSS to support your documentation, you can upload images for use in an incident's decision document. Captured map images are not available for download.

To capture map images:

  1. To save a map view, go to the Info tab and scroll down to Map Image.

    Note: The Capture Image feature only works with the WFDSS Topos and USGS-sourced base layers. Google® images are licensed for viewing in WFDSS, but not for saving or printing.

  2. Name the image (64-character limit). Use a descriptive title, e.g., Challis fire FSPro day 3.
  3. Enter a brief description of the image (4000-character limit).

    The text you enter here is attached to the image like a caption, and cannot be edited or deleted. Be as specific as possible. This information appears in the decision report with the image. If you include the image in your decision document, you can use the text editor to add additional information before and after the image.

  4. Click Capture Image. The image is saved to the Images folder for the incident (Images folder > "your last name" folder > Map).
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In This Section

Maps and Shapes

To capture map images

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

Uploading Shapes

Creating a Landscape Mask

About Images

Uploading 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


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