Missing or Incorrect FTEM Data

FTEM wildfire and treatment data are pulled from external systems of record and must be corrected in these records. The corrections are then pulled into FTEM.

Each of the sections below provides information to do this in the most efficient way possible. We address:

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Missing or Incorrect Treatment Data

Note: Basic criteria for including treatment data in FTEM are:

  • FACTS treatments completed after Jan. 1 2005.

  • NFPORS treatments completed during or after 2008.

  • Only “Hazardous Fuels Reduction” (Key Point 3) and “Non-NFP” (Key Point 6) labeled treatments.

  • FACTS data is updated nightly, NFPORS updates vary depending upon agency (some agencies update more frequently to NFPORS than others).

If the above criteria are met, treatments may be incorrect or missing due to the following issues, each is followed by the solution:

  • Treatment may not have been automatically detected as having interacted with the fire.

    • Solution: Briefly search for the treatment using a wider buffer area. See the Search Buffer Topic for a step by step walk-through of how to do this. You can also add a treatment using the map, which is especially useful if the treatment is outside of the maximum buffer area.

  • Treatment data may have been misidentified. FTEM updates treatments for FACTS and NFPORS to reflect the most recent treatment data. If a treatment has an incorrect id, the update may have been missed.

    • Solution: Contact your agency and ensure they have the treatment entered with the correct identifying information and that it has been uploaded to FACTS and NFPORS within that last 24-48 hours.

  • Treatments may have bad geometry preventing them form being pulled into the system.

    • Solution: When submitting treatments to agency systems (FACTS / NFPORS / VMAP) use ArcGIS Products to check for geometry errors. " Check Geometry" and "Repair Geometry" are helpful for this and both tools are located in the ArcGIS or ArcPro toolbox under "Data Management Tools," in the "Features" section. It is a good idea to run Check Geometry first and examine the types of errors that may be present (self-intersections, null geometry, duplicate vertices etc.). Then, run the Repair Geometry tool. Be sure to back up your features before running a repair.

      When using the Arc tools specified above, it is also wise to use the ESRI and OGC check options in the tools.

      For very complex polygons with thousands of vertices (like mower tracks), you might consider drawing a simpler polygon around the extent of the treatment.

For full detail on how treatments are included in FTEM, seethe FTEM Treatments Technical Documentation topic.

Missing or Incorrect Wildfire Data

Important! To correct a fire, contact your GIS Specialist to update the information in IRWIN or NIFS. The correction will then be pulled into FTEM with 24 hours of the update. Fires cannot be corrected directly in FTEM.

Wildfire data is pulled into the FTEM system nightly from IRWIN and National Incident Feature Service (NIFS) .

FTEM contains current active fires and fires that have been declared contained, controlled, or out.

Incorrect fires in FTEM are usually caused by error in the data sources FTEM pulls from.

Solution: When a fire is not displaying correctly, or is missing in FTEM, contact your Situation Unit Leader (SITL) or Geographic Information Systems Specialist (GISS) to verify perimeters have been loaded for the incident in the Hosted National Incident Feature Service and verify local edits have been synced in the last 24 hours.

If the perimeter still does not become visible, confirm with the GISS that the following attributes are set in the Hosted National Incident Feature service, Event Polygon feature class: 

  • FeatureType (alias FC Polygon Type) = ‘Wildfire Daily Perimeter
  • IsVisible = ‘Yes’
  • IRWINID <> Null AND Must match a Valid IRWINID

Important! Some perimeters may not be approved by an incident or agency for public distribution (FeatureAccess <> Public or FeatureStatus <> Approved).

For more detail see FTEM Wildfire Technical Documentation.

Wildfire Location Changes and Treatment Lists

If a correction is made to a wildfire location in the system of record after a fire is visible in FTEM, the treatment list will update based on the new location for fires in “check for interactions” or “monitoring in progress” status.

This update will retain any data you entered previously, and any treatment removal or additions you performed. Only wildfires in "Monitoring Completed" status will not have their treatment list updated; However, these fires can be amended by going to the Complete tab and selecting Amend.

Further details on how treatment lists change, based on fire status, are outlined below:

  • Fires in "Check for Interactions" status (displayed with a point, check for interactions or polygon, check for interactions ): The treatment list continues to update nightly based on fire information.
  • Fires in "Monitoring In Progress" status (displayed with a point, monitoring in progress or polygon, monitoring in progress): The treatment list continues to update nightly based on fire information. Treatment information previously entered will not change, this includes monitoring information, treatments added with the Add Treatments button, or removed with the Remove Treatments button.
  • Fires in "Monitoring Completed" status (displayed with a point, completed or polygon, completed): Treatments will not change. You must manually add any additional treatments to this list, or amend monitoring data.