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WFDSS Application Symbols and Conventions

The following symbols and conventions are used throughout the WFDSS application:

WFDSS Icon/Symbol

Name

Explanation

expansion arrow up

Collapse Arrow

Appears in many of the blue heading bars in the application. Clicking the arrow changes it to a down arrow and hides the content below the heading.

Expansion Arrow Down

Expand Arrow

Appears in many of the blue heading bars in the application. Clicking the arrow changes it to an up arrow and shows the content below the heading.

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Message

Appears at the top of the map pages when there are system messages. Once messages have been read the icon displays as an open envelope.

National Fire symbol

Fire of National Significance

Appears in the Incident list next to fires that are designated as nationally significant. Also used in the analysis KMZ files to identify the incident.

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Short-Term Fire Behavior Analysis

Appears in the KMZ file that can be downloaded for Short-Term Fire Behavior analyses.

FSPro Analysis icon

FSPro Analysis

Appears in the KMZ file that can be downloaded for FSPro analyses.

The following symbols are used on the maps:

WFDSS Icon/Symbol

Name

Explanation

Map Scale

Map Scale (zoom controls)

Appears on the Map View. Clicking the sections of the scale zooms the map view in and out. The legend below the scale indicates the scale the current view is set to.

4-way Arrows

Directional Arrows (pan controls)

Appears on the Map View. Clicking the arrows moves the map according to the arrow clicked.

Hand Icon

Hand Icon (pan and zoom tool)

Appears on the Map View and can be used three ways:

  • To pan around the map display, click the icon and then place your cursor on the map. Clicking and holding the mouse button as you drag moves the map accordingly. (Same effect as clicking the directional arrows.)
  • To zoom to an area on the map display, place the hand at one corner of your desired zoom area, then shift-click the mouse button as you drag the mouse diagonally. Release the button when you have zoomed to the desired scale. (Same effect as clicking the Map scale)
  • To zoom to a shape from the LayerSwitcher, select the checkbox beside a shape to display it in the map and then click the dropdown arrow to the right of the shape. Click the icon and the display zooms to the selected shape.

Add Point Icon

Add Point Icon

Appears on the Map View. Clicking the icon and then clicking on the map inserts a yellow dot on the map.

Draw Line Icon

Draw Line Icon

Appears on the Map View. Click the icon, then shift-click on the map where you want to start the line. Click again to set the start point, then drag the cursor across the map to the end point of the line. Click once to set an intermediate point on the line. Shift-click or double-click to set the end point. The line appears red while you are drawing it, and turns yellow when the line is completed (or selected later). To close the line tool, you can shift-click, drag, and release, or click to add segments and shift-click to complete.

Draw Rectangle Icon

Draw Rectangle Icon

Appears on the Map View. Click the icon, then place the cursor on the map where you want to start the rectangle. Shift-click and hold the buttons down as you drag the cursor diagonally to where you want the end point. Unclick the mouse button to set the end point. The rectangle appears as a shaded yellow box when selected and as a red rectangle when not selected.

Draw Polygon Icon

Draw Polygon Icon

Appears on the Map View. Click the icon, then place the cursor on the map where you want to start the polygon. Shift-click on the map where you want to start the polygon. Holding the buttons down, drag the cursor to where you want each point for the edge of the polygon, clicking once to set the interim points. Shift-click or Double-click to set the end point. The polygon appears red while you are drawing (or when it's not selected) and turns to a shaded yellow polygon when the shape is completed (or when it's selected later). To close the polygon tool, you can shift-click, drag, and release, or click to add segments and shift-click to complete.

Arrow Icon

Arrow Icon (select and deselect a shape on the map tool)

Appears on the Map View and can be used two ways:

  • To select a shape or point on the map, click the icon from the toolbar, and then click the shape or point that you want to select. Clicking again deselects the shape. You can select one or more shapes this way.
  • To select a single shape from the LayerSwitcher, select a checkbox beside a shape to display it in the map, and then click the dropdown arrow to the right of the shape. Click the icon and the shape is selected in the map display.

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Checkmark Icon (select and deselect a shape on the analysis tool)

Appears in the LayerSwitcher beneath an Ignition or Barrier shape on the Analysis Map. Clicking the icon selects or deselects that shape for use as an Ignition or Barrier File for that analysis.

Eraser Icon

Eraser Icon

Appears on the Map View. Clicking the icon removes all of the selected (yellow-shaded) shapes from the map. There is no undo, so be sure that you have selected only those shapes you want to remove before clicking the icon.

Ruler Icon

Ruler Icon (measure tool)

Appears on the Map View. Clicking the icon changes your cursor to an arrow with a dot on the end. Click the map where you want to start measuring and drag your cursor to the end point. Double-clicking sets the end point. The measured distance appears in the left pane.

Landscape Extent Icon

Landscape Extent Icon

Appears on the Map View. Click the icon, then place the cursor on the map where you want to start a corner of the rectangular landscape extent. Click and hold the mouse button as you drag the cursor diagonally to where you want the end point. Unclick the mouse button to set the end point. The extent appears as a green rectangle.

Fire Icon

Fire Icon

Appears on the Map View (Intelligence tab only). Clicking the icon changes your cursor to an arrow with a dot on the end. Click the map where the incident is located. The latitude and longitude appear in the left pane. If the incident is large, you can click and hold the mouse button while dragging the cursor across the map to create an incident shape. Double-clicking sets the end point and releases the cursor.

I Icon

Information Icon

Appears on the Map View. Clicking the icon changes your cursor to an arrow. Clicking the map view displays a yellow dot on the map. The latitude, longitude, elevation, fuel model description, and canopy characteristics for the selected location appear in the left pane on the Information tab.

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Camera Icon

Appears on the Map View. After selecting a polygon, click the camera icon, type the Image Label and Description, then click Capture Image. You are notified that the image was successfully captured in the message area above the map view.  

New Incident Marker

New Incident Marker

Appears on the Map View. When you click the Fire Icon and then click the map, this yellow dot indicates where the incident is located. The latitude and longitude appear in the left pane of the map page. After an incident is created and saved, the marker changes to a red diamond.

Existing Incident Marker

Existing Incident Marker

Appears on the Map View. Placing your cursor over the marker and clicking the mouse button displays details about the incident. This pop-up page contains a hyperlink that allows you to directly access the WFDSS data for the incident. All incidents logged for a geographic area appear on your map view unless you filter them out. (See Setting Incident Preferences.)These markers change size and color based on the size and status of the incident.

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Multiple Incidents Marker

Appears when the Intelligence map view is set to such a resolution that multiple incidents are located in the same area. For example, if the map scale is set to 1:8M, and there are multiple incidents within that area, the blue marker appears. To view the individual incidents, zoom in on the area.

Building Clusters

Building Cluster Icons

Appears in the center of the parcel where buildings exist. Verify actual locations with local resources.

BLM Buildings

BLM Buildings Icon

Identifies BLM buildings on the landscape.

Communication Tower Icon and Communication Tower Icon (multiple)

Communication Tower Icons

Identifies communication tower locations. A + sign in the middle of the tower indicates that multiple towers exist in the location.

Electric Substations

Electric Substation Icon

Identifies the location of electrical substations.

Mines Icon

Mine Icon

Identifies the location of a mine.

NPS Buildings

NPS Buildings

Identifies the location of NPS buildings.

Oil and Gas Pipeline

Oil and Gas Pipeline Icon

Identifies oil and gas pipelines.

Power Plant Icon

Power Plant Icon

Identifies the location of power plants.

Road Icon

Roads Icon

Identifies major roads.

Transmission Lines Icon

Transmission Lines Icon

Identifies transmission lines.

USFS Buildings

USDA FS Buildings

Identifies USDA Forest Service buildings

Green circle +

'Create New' Icon

Appears in the layer tree for the map. Clicking the icon allows you to name and save a new shape associated with the layer or start a new analysis.

Refresh icon

Refresh Icon

Clicking the icon refreshes the selected layer on the map.

Help icon

Help Icon

Clicking the icon brings up help about the selected layer.

FSPro Histogram Icon

FSPro Histogram

Appears next to FSPro analyses when results are available. Clicking the icon displays the calculated final fire size for each class.

Legend icon

Legend Icon

Clicking the icon displays the legend associated with it. (See also Map Legends.)

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Dynamic Layer Icon

Appears on the Map view. Content on this page is dynamic. Every time you expand layer information, WFDSS displays the most recently updated information for that layer.

Layer Order Tool

Layer Order Tool

Allows you to move a map layer to the front or back of the other layers.

Layer Transparency Tool

Layer Transparency Tool

Allows you to increase or decrease the opacity of the selected layer so that you can see other layers and map features.

Download shapes icon

Download Shape Tool

Allows you to download the selected shape to your computer.

Delete Shape Tool

Delete Shape Tool

Allows you to delete the selected shape from the map and the layer tree.

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Last updated on 10/22/2012 11:11:12 AM.

In This Section

WFDSS Overview

See Also

Wildland Fire Decision Support System

WFDSS Background

WFDSS Timeline

Decision Making: An Analytic Deliberative Process

WFDSS Business Process

Landscape Data Sources

WFDSS Navigation Tips

Character Limitations

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