Wildland Fire Update The National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) based in Boise (Idaho) provides key information on current wildland fire situations, related information and background materials. The following information is updated daily and can be accessed directly:
State-by-State daily and year-to-date summary of fire activities
Year-to-date State-by-State total number of wildland fires and area burned (table)
Daily locations of large fires (map)
Incident Management Situation Reports (fires and area burned reported to NICC). The files include current, previous and archived reports
Prescribed Fire and Wildland Fire Use (year-to-date fires and area burned reported to NICC, posted weekly on Monday mornings)
Archived NICC Incident Management Reports (recent daily reports and archived daily reports 1994-1997) are provided by the Center for International Disaster Information (CIDI)
Fire Weather & Fire Danger Information
TheWildland Fire Assessment System (WFAS) is a contribution of “The Fire Behavior Research Work Unit”, Missoula (Montana USA). The broad area component of the Wildland Fire Assessment System (WFAS) generates maps of selected fire weather and fire danger components.
Fire Danger (Potential) is a normalized adjective rating class across different fuel models and station locations. It is based on information provided by local station managers about the primary fuel model, fire danger index selected to reflect staffing level, and climatological class breakpoints. Low danger (Class 1) is green and extreme potential (Class 5) is red.
Fire danger maps for the United States for 2June 2002 (observation time) and 3 June 2002 (forecast)
Dead fuel moisture responds solely to ambient environmental conditions and is critical in determining fire potential. Dead fuel moistures are classed by timelag.
10-HR Fuel Moisture
100-HR Fuel Moisture
1000-HR Fuel Moisture
Fuel moisture maps for conterminous US, 2June 2002
Operational Significant Event Imagery (OSEI)
The following significant events were identified by Satellite Analysis Branch meteorologists and reviewed by the OSEI support team of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA):
NESDIS/OSEI NOAA-14 POES AVHRR LAC satellite images,
Left: Heat signatures (red) and smoke (light blue haze) are visible from fires burning in central Alaska. The Vinasale Fire (indicated by yellow arrow) has scorched approximately 49,600 acres and was zero percent contained. This information is from the National Interagency Fire Center Incident Management Situation Report from 5/31/2002
Middle: Heat signatures (red) are visible in this MODIS (Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer) image from fires burning in central Alaska. The Vinasale Fire (indicated by yellow arrow) has scorched approximately 49,600 acres and was zero percent contained. This information is from the National Interagency Fire Center Incident Management Situation Report from 5/31/2002.
Right: Heat signatures (red) and smoke (light blue haze) are visible from fires burning in Arizona. The Bullock Fire (indicated by the yellow arrow) has scorched approximately 21,800 acres 15 miles northeast of Tuscon, AZ in Coronado National Forest and was 55% contained. The Witch fire (indicated by the white arrow) has charred approximately 1,300 acres 27 miles south of Willcox, AZ and was 80% contained. This information is from the National Interagency Fire Center Incident Management Situation Report from 5/31/2002. The pink areas visible on the left side of the image are due to solar heating of the ground surface.
Long-range weather forecasts National Weather Service Long-range, 30-day weather forecasts are predicting above-normal temperatures for the southern tier of states from southern California to Florida and throughout the Midwest (see 30 and 90-day forecast maps).
30 and 90-day temperature and precipitation forecast maps (February2002 and February to April 2002)
(Source: National Weather Service)
The Florida Division of Forestry gives the following long-range Wildfire Season Forecast September – March 2002 for Florida:
“A return to near normal conditions in the equatorial Pacific Ocean marks the end of the prolonged La Niña event that brought very active fire seasons to the state the past few years. Normal to slightly warmer sea surface temperatures in the Pacific will bring us our first normal winter in a while, and if sea surface temperatures continue to slowly warm we may get above normal rainfall this winter.”
For further information see: Wildfire Season Forecast of the Florida Division of Forestry
For further information you may also see to the U.S. Drought Monitor.