National Wildfire Coordinating Group

Progression Map

Product Description

The Progression Map shows the areas affected by the incident over time. A copy of the map is required to be included in the incident documentation package.

Target Audience

Planning Section, Incident Commander, host agencies, public  


  • Can be scalable from letter (8 ½” x 11”) to “E” (34” x 44”) size.
  • If more than five time periods are shown, standardized color ramps are effective in showing trends rather than discrete values.
  • Distribution through the web should be considered.

Standard Elements

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


  • Point of origin.
  • Base map that does not distract from fire polygons (shaded relief or topography).
  • Key geographic features (e.g., mountains, hydrography, valleys, peaks, and major roads).
  • Perimeter for each time period, changing from cool to warm colors for the most recent data.
  • Other Situation Unit Leader (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 Kootenai River Complex
  2. 2022 Cedar Creek Fire
  3. 2017 Boundary Fire
  4. 2016 Central Fire


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