Strategic Operations Map
The Strategic Operations Map effectively displays an Incident Management Team’s (IMT) long-term strategy in managing an incident, and the data that informs the strategy. It consists of one or more large-format maps with an accurate, current, and detailed record of incident information across the entire planning area.
Incident Commander, all IMT staff, Agency Representatives, Resource Advisors, all Operations and Line personnel, Aerial resources, Geospatial Multi-Agency Coordination Group (GEOMAC), National Multi-Agency Coordination Group (NMAC).
- Standard Incident Command System (ICS) symbology discernible from the back of a meeting area.
- Printed in color to enable clear depiction of incident and map features.
- Size varies but usually “D” (22” x 34”) size or larger.
- Scale varies based on planning area and map size.
- May be one map for the entire incident or multiple maps.
All map products produced should include the STANDL-SGD cartographic elements.
Disclaimer: NWCG Data Standards do not currently exist for all data recommended for inclusion on a Strategic Operations Map. Not all datasets listed may be needed for every incident.
|Incident perimeter and Contained/Uncontained lines||National Incident Feature Service||Use standard dataset and symbology.|
|ICS line such as Planned and Completed Lines, Repair Line||National Incident Feature Service||Use standard dataset and symbology.|
|ICS point features such as Camp, Dip Site, Drop Point, Helispot, Lookout, Mobile Retardant Base, Mobile Weather Unit, Repeater, Restricted Water Source, Safety Hazards, Staging Area, Structure Wrap, Water Source, Values at Risk||National Incident Feature Service||Use standard dataset and symbology.|
|Division and branch breaks and labels||National Incident Feature Service||Use standard dataset and symbology.|
|No single source dataset currently exists. WFDSS Management Requirement Shapes and Other Shapes may be downloaded from WFDSS Classic or acquired direct from jurisdictional agency(s). Values may be represented in other agency, local, state, and national datasets. Point data may be added to National Incident Feature Service / Event Point layer.||Use existing datasets authoritative to jurisdictional agency(s) where possible. Symbolize based on cartographic need of the map.|
Management Action Points
NWCG definition is specific to Prescribed Fire
|WFDSS, GISS adds to National Incident Feature Service||Include associated language (Condition, Action, Resources) from WFDSS on map layout.|
Proposed, planned, under construction and/or completed line that outline the overall strategy for achieving an incident’s defined goals. The tactical steps for implementation and/or exact locations of line placement may or may not fully be identified.
|No single source dataset currently exists. Planned incorporation into the National Incident Feature Service / Event Line Layer for 2024.||
Continue to create an incident specific dataset until a NWCG Data Standard is developed. Symbolize as follows:
|Evacuation Planning Areas||Local Jurisdictional Agency(s)||Use existing datasets authoritative to jurisdictional agency(s) where possible. If GISS is tasked with creating data on-incident, symbolize based on the local jurisdiction's direction.|
|Fire History||WFIGS||Use standard dataset. Supplement with existing datasets authoritative to jurisdictional agency(s) where there are data gaps. Symbolize based on cartographic need of the map.|
|Fuels Treatment History||WFMRDA||Use standard dataset. Supplement with existing datasets authoritative to jurisdictional agency(s) where there are data gaps. Symbolize based on cartographic need of the map.|
|WFDSS||Use WFDSS Classic shapefile output. Symbolize based on WFDSS palette (R: 194, G: 23, B: 199).|
Short-Term Fire Behavior (STFB) model including Minimum Travel Time (MTT) lines
|WFDSS; generated by analysts.||Use WFDSS Classic shapefile outputs. Symbolize based on WFDSS palettes.|
Limited Action Line
|National Incident Feature Service||Use an available text field in the Perimeter Line layer of the National Incident Feature Service to note the geographic extent of where limited action will be taken. Create Brown halo underneath standard Uncontained Line symbology.|
Special Interest Management Areas
|No single source dataset currently exists.||Use existing datasets authoritative to jurisdictional agency(s) where possible. For example, EDW/EDW_SpecialInterestManagementArea_01 (MapServer) (usda.gov).|
Administrative boundaries, political boundaries (city (subdivisions)-county, state, national)
|Local Jurisdictional Agency(s), PADUS, CENSUS|
|WFMRDA||Use standard dataset and symbology.|
Appropriate base map, such as topography or orthoimagery
Other SITL-requested data
These are examples from actual incidents and may include elements that differ from this guide.