This article is intended to supplement and (not replace) the following pages with best practices and tips to improve upon your incident mapping:

Add the Incident Icon First

Any incident mapping in Intterra should begin with adding an incident icon (to establish the incident name), and then flow to feature mapping.  As many as a dozen tools and reports rely on having incident features correctly associated to the indent name (including Briefing Mode).  In addition, associating an Intterra wildfire incident with the matching Active Incidents (IRWIN) incident when they exist, will autofill the Incident ID and help reduce redundancy in the wildfire reports. 

Following these steps will assure that other tools and reports in Intterra work as expected:
  1. Add an incident icon or copy an existing feature, such as an Active Incidents (IRWIN), as an Intterra incident. 
  2. Override the auto-generated incident name (userid @ current date) by highlighting it and typing the incident place name.  Use the IRWIN name, when available.
  3. When adding additional map features to the incident, be sure to select and associate the best incident name from the dropdown menu.  The blue highlight is there to let you know other options are available.
NOTE: If IRWIN data is updated after map features are added (for example, a fire starts and is mapped prior to data flowing through IRWIN), someone on your team should eventually edit the fire and its features to associate it with the official Active Incidents (IRWIN) fire using the autofill pulldown.

Use the Label the Map Feature to Add Text to Map

The Label the Map feature can be used to add important information to the map. 
  • This may be important for informative notes associated with a map feature, such as radio channel assignments to a division, landmarks to help users navigate, etc., or
  • Add information to a map feature so users don't need to click to view that information in the Info Panel, such as the capacity of a water source, safety area, etc.  The label field in the incident features doesn't yet display on the map (for GIS use later). 

TIP: Labels can get busy, so use them wisely.

NOTE: Labels do not display on the Field Tool.

Keep Intterra Incident Mapping Clean and Current

The list of Intterra incidents can get stale over time and can include incorrect or duplicate incident names if users are not careful to associate the name of each feature to an incident.   

It's a good practice for your organization to have a process in place for managing and deleting (archiving) non-active incidents.  The Incidents Tool allows users to see and zoom to incident features by name.  Users with management privileges can rename and delete (archive) incident names by selecting Manage Incidents.