This lesson is intended for first-time users and those who will be using Intterra in a view-only role.


  •  Intterra Quick Start
  • Intterra Tools Overview to view and see where to learn more about dozens of possible tools.  Tool availability varies significantly, and depends on client settings and user permissions; it's best to know where to learn more.      


  • Log in and launch Intterra.
  • If your system has the Incidents Tool open when launched, select an incident and zoom to it.
  • Navigate the map - pan, zoom, zoom to your current location.
  • Navigate the Briefing Mode.
    • Select an area of interest - National, GACC, state, local and view current summary and incident information filtered for that extent.
    • At the national extent, sort the list of incidents by acres and the number of homes threatened. 
    • Select an incident from the list to zoom to the location and see the detailed incident information. 
  • Navigate the Manage Layers menu to adjust what you see on the map. 
    • Change the basemap. 
    • Turn layers of interest on and off.
    • Understand the three reasons why a layer may not display on the map when toggled on (e.g., structures or home risk or lightning).
    • Use the advanced settings mode to adjust the opacity of the basemap.
  • Use the Show Legend menu to view the legend of a visible layer (e.g., wildfire incident).
  • Use the Search tool to locate an address or landmark and zoom to it.
  • Change to a different workspace to access more layers and tools for a specific workflow, such as training or preplans.
  • Click on a map feature (i.e., fire line) to open the Info Panel and receive more details. 
    • Select from the list of features in the vicinity of where you clicked.
    • View and scroll through the details.
    • View the GPS coordinates for that point in Degrees Decimal Minutes (DDM) format.
  • Use the Tools Menu to...
    • Measure a distance and area.
    • View a list of incidents in the Incidents Tool and zoom to the incident of interest.
  • Log out. 

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