How to Select a Base Map and Map Layers

This article walks the user through selecting a Base Map, adding and removing layers, and accessing PDF layers.

Often while on wildland fire incidents, we need to utilize a variety of different maps and apps to gain important intel about the fire. Maybe you’re out scouting and want to view satellite imagery to look for large rock features to tie the line into but you have to record the line in a different application to easily share with other resources. Or, you find yourself viewing a PDF of an old F.S. map because it has different road options than a more modern version in your favorite mapping application. Luckily, Ignis is built to be a one-stop shop for all your wildland fire mapping needs. Now that you have learned about navigating the home screen, let’s go in-depth about the key features you can access from the home screen. We’ll start with accessing and selecting different options for your Base Map and adding Layers to it.

To access Maps and Layers

    1. Start by selecting the Map Layers Icon on the right side of your home screen.

    2. At the top of the screen, you’ll be able to choose a Base Map. The default is a topographicScreenshot (8)-1 map, or you can choose to view satellite imagery or hybrid satellite imagery. Try out the three base maps and see what you like most! Remember, to exit the Layers page and return to the home screen, just swipe down on your screen.

    3. Next, You’ll see an option to add layers to your map. Ignis provides many useful 
      Screenshot 2023-07-19 130839layers catered towards wildland fire needs. Scroll through the Ignis Layers until you find the Smoke Layer, press the button to the right of “Smoke” to turn the layer on. The button will turn green. Now return to your home screen to view the Smoke Layer!updated smoke layer
  1. Zoom out on the home screen until you can see the entire globe, scroll around the globe, and take a look at where smoke is across the world. Open Map Layers again. See the photo to the right for a glimpse of what this will look like.

  2. To the right of Layers, select Reset Layers, this will reset all added layers to off and clear your map.
  3. Now, try selecting PDF Layers, to the right of “Ignis Layers”
  4. From here, two orange buttons appear, one says “My Maps” and the other says “Add a Map.” By selecting “My Maps" you can see all PDF maps you have imported into Overwatch, and by addmapselecting “Add a Map” you can import a map. For a deep dive into bringing PDF maps into Ignis, Please check out this article!
  5. Finally, below Layers, you’ll see Active Maps. By selecting this, you’ll be able to see which PDF Maps are layered onto your base map.

Overwatch is capable of overlaying PDF maps onto the main map on your home screen, we suggest checking out the PDF Maps knowledge base article to learn more about the capabilities of this feature. 

There are a lot of options for mapping within Ignis, so it is good to learn the nuances of the features available in order to fully utilize them. Now that you have become familiar with how to access and select which Layers you want on the Map, the next step is to learn how to Add features. Take the next step in learning by checking out this article!