The BLM – Alaska Fire Service Initial Attack Management System (IAMS) is suite of computer applications developed by BLM/Fire to aid dispatchers and fire managers. IAMS Maps is one of these applications and provides graphical representation of various kinds of geographic data. Maps has been modified to produce output to a Web site to allow internet access to the data that IAMS stores. Dynamic data such as lightning (available May – September), fires, etc. are updated at the homepage of the BLM – Alaska Fire Service (select Maps / AFS IAMS Maps Viewer) every 15 minutes during the fire season.
According the INCIDENT MANAGEMENT SITUATION REPORT the current situation for 1 August 1999 can be quoted as follows:
Minimal initial attack activity was reported nationwide. Good progress was made on several large fires. The National Interagency Coordination Center mobilized a shower unit, telecommunications equipment, helicopters, infrared aircraft, crews and miscellaneous overhead. High to extreme fire indices were reported in Oregon, Washington, California, Montana, North Dakota, Idaho, Utah, Nevada, and South Dakota.
Strengthening high pressure over The Great Basin will continue to pull monsoonal moisture into the southwest. Isolated thunderstorms are forecast over the entire west.
The Rocky Mountains of northern Colorado to New Mexico will experience an increase in scattered thunderstorm activity. Southern Wyoming will have numerous showers and thunderstorms.
Morning low clouds and fog with drizzle will continue along the coasts keeping the maximum afternoon temperatures in the 70’s. The high temperatures inland will increase to the 90’s to 118 in the lowest valleys and deserts. The mountains will see highs in the mid 70’s to the mid 80’s. Minimum relative humidities will range from 50 percent along the coasts in single digits in the inland valleys.
Winds will be light across the west except for local gusts to 25 mph along the coast, with variable and gusty winds near thunderstorms.
Following basic fire data describe the fire situation in the UNITED STATES.
Number of FIRES in the last 24 hours HECTARES burning in the last 24 hours FIRES
YEAR-TO-DATE 116 650 57,959 1,030,269
For detailed information regarding specified regions, please refer to the whole report.