National Wildfire Coordinating Group

Situation Unit Map

Product Description

The Situation Unit Map is a large-format map with an accurate, current, and detailed record of the incident information, displayed in or near the Situation Unit area. The Situation Unit Map should be limited to the extent of the incident rather than showing all the surrounding area. Its purpose is to show the current incident information and provide a place for marking map edits.

Target Audience

Incident Commander, Command and General Staff, agency representatives, Situation Unit Leader (SITL), Fire Behavior Analyst (FBAN), Strategic Operational Planner.


  • Standard Incident Command System (ICS) symbology.
  • Feature symbology discernible from the back of the meeting area.
  • Usually “D” (22” x 34”) size or larger.
  • Usually 1:24,000 scale; 1:63,360 scale in Alaska.

Standard Elements

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


  • Incident perimeter, ICS line and point features (e.g., Dozer Line, Incident Command Post, Helispots).
  • Division and Branch breaks and labels.
  • Transportation routes.
  • Safety hazards, if available.
  • Administrative boundaries (e.g., jurisdiction), political boundaries (city-county-state-national).
  • Ownership–land status.
  • Appropriate base background, such as topographic (with or without shaded relief) 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. 2010 Wrangler Fire
  2. 2017 Falcon Complex
  3. 2013 West Fork Complex


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