National Wildfire Coordinating Group

Operations Map

Product Description

The Operations Map effectively displays geographic and incident features for use by operations personnel (Operations Section Chief, Operations Branch Directors, Division/Group Supervisors) either in the Incident Command Post or out in the field.

Target Audience

Operations Section, Planning Section, Safety Officer.


  • Standard Incident Command System (ICS) symbology. 
  • Printed in color to enable clear depiction of incident and map features.
  • Size varies but usually anywhere from tabloid (11” x 17”) to “E” (34” x 44”) size.
  • Scale varies based on request and area covered and map size.
  • May be one map for the entire incident or multiple maps for various areas of interest, such as organizational divisions.

Standard Elements

All map products produced should include the STANDL-SGD cartographic elements.


  • Incident perimeter, ICS line, and point features.
  • Division and branch breaks and labels.
  • Transportation routes. 
  • Safety hazards, if available.
  • Administrative boundaries, political boundaries (city (subdivisions)-county, state, national).
  • Ownership–land status.
  • Appropriate base background, such as topographic or orthoimagery.
  • Other SITL-requested data.


These are examples from actual incidents and may include non-standard elements.

Also note that examples use the standard symbols at the time of their creation and may not reflect the current GeoOps symbology. Map elements, incident features, and composition remain consistent across these visual changes.

  1. 2022 Tenmile Fire
  2. 2021 Greenwood Fire
  3. 2021 Caldor Incident Fire (West Zone Overview)
  4. 2022 Mosquito Fire (Overview)
  5. 2022 Kootenai River Complex (Overview)
  6. 2017 Snake Ridge Fire
  7. 2017 Pinal Fire
  8. 2017 Burro Fire
  9. 2017 Southern LNU Complex (Atlas)
  10. 2015 Valley Fire (West Ops Map)
  11. 2015 Valley Fire (East Ops Map)


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