NIFC FTP and QR Codes


The NIFC FTP Server is an official site for interagency wildland fire incident data and documents. As a GISS, you will be expected to post PDF files of incident maps to the NIFC FTP server.

The NIFC FTP service is intended for short-term interagency sharing, not as a file archive or records repository. There should not be anything here that is not stored in a safer location, or that must carry over from season to season. All information that is posted to must be public and official, and there are some specific limitations of what can be stored there.

Access to the site varies according to the user role. As a GISS, the areas of the site that you will use are readable by anyone on the internet, with no user name or password required, but you will need a username and password to upload data to the site. The username and password service used by the NIFC FTP Server is called NAP – the NESS Application Portal.

Job Aids

Getting an FTP.NIFC.GOV Account – GISS Introductory Class.

Presentation Notes: FTP.NIFC.GOV.

QR Codes

The Avenza Maps app has become an important tool for incident personnel because it lets them view GPS-enabled incident maps on their Android and iOS mobile devices even when WiFi or cellular data service is not available. Mobile maps are especially useful when visibility is poor, or when personnel are unfamiliar with local features and travel routes or are inexperienced navigating by reference to paper maps.

QR codes are an easy way to deploy mobile maps to the Avenza Maps app.

Job Aids

  1. Deploy Mobile Maps with QR Codes.
  2. Deploy Mobile Maps with QR Codes – Exercise.
  3. Generate QR Codes Tool.
  4. Is Rasterizing Tool.

Deploy Mobile Maps with QR Codes.

Presentation Notes – Deploy Mobile Maps with QR Codes.


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