NIFC FTP and QR Codes
At some point during 2021, it is possible that the NIFC FTC site will be decommissioned.
It can still be utilized until then, but alternate plans should also be in place.
Further guidance on the usage of FireNet for map and data sharing will be forthcoming.
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 ftp.nifc.gov 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 username, 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.
- FTP Server Information Page (general information, help desk support, etc.).
- Connection Instructions.
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.
A QR code (abbreviated from Quick Response code) is a type of matrix barcode (or two-dimensional barcode) that when scanned, will quickly access the URL of the map location. QR codes are an easy way to deploy mobile maps to the Avenza Maps app.
A multitude of free QR Code generators are available online.