National Wildfire Coordinating Group

Other Maps

Fire personnel frequently request special maps. Some maps are requested more often than others, but as an incident continues beyond the initial ramp up, less typical maps are sought after. The Geographic Information System Specialist (GISS) will need to rely on the Situation Unit Leader (SITL) to provide guidance and priorities.

Additional maps that a GISS may be asked to produce include, but are not limited to, the maps listed below.

Areas of Special Concern (ASC)

The Areas of Special Concern (ASC) Map is used in operational planning to identify sensitive areas, such as endangered species‘ habitats or locations, cultural resources, and other areas at risk.

Example - Areas of Special Concern - Chetco Bar Fire - Vegetation and Natural Areas highlighted


The Facilities Map shows the layout of the incident facilities at the Incident Command Post (ICP) or Incident Base/Camp and is included in the Incident Action Plan.

Example - Facilities Map - Sunrise fire


The Fuels Map shows the fuels in the area of the fire perimeter. It may be used by Fire Behavior Analysts (FBAN) to help predict fire behavior, to develop suppression strategies, and to develop rehabilitation strategies.


The Infrared Information Map is a large-format topographic or aerial imagery map showing the interpretation of remotely sensed infrared imagery of the entire incident.

Example - IR Map - Sunrise Fire


The Ownership–Land Status Map shows the ownership or land status for the areas impacted by the incident. It graphically depicts the land ownership or fire protection responsibility in the area of the incident.

Example - Ownership Example - Alice Creek Fire


The Public Information Map keeps the public informed of the incident’s location. It is used in public meetings and for bulletin boards and displays. Many different types of public information maps may be requested to fit specific needs of the public for information.

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The Repair Map is used to assist in suppression repair efforts in the area of the incident, e.g., by the home unit or possibly rehabilitation managed by a Burned Area Emergency Response​ (BAER) team. This product is used in operational planning and public meetings..

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Structure Protection

The Structure Protection Map tracks structures and resources that could be impacted by the incident. This product is used in operational planning and public meetings.

Example - Structure Protection Map - Umpqua North Complex


The Vegetation Map shows the vegetation in the area of the fire perimeter. It may be used by FBAN to help predict fire behavior and to develop suppression strategies. It may also be used to develop rehabilitation strategies.

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