Forest Fires in the United States: 12 July 1999

Forest Fires in the United States

12 July 1999

Other vegetation fires were also detected by OSEI with the NOAA-12 AVHRR HRPT satellite on 9 July 1999.

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Fig.1. Heat signatures and smoke from areas of fire, some of them quite large, burning in central Alaska north of the Yukon and TananaRiver.

Attention: Watch the fire signals from the FROSTFIRE experiment which will be available by Tuesday 13 July 1999. FROSTFIRE is a fire experiment which differs from previous experimental fires in the boreal forest because it is in terrain dominated by permafrost, focuses on the large-scale ecological consequences of fire, and takes place on an LTER site, enabling long-term, experimentally-controlled research. The FROSTFIRE burn and associated research takes place approximately 25 miles northeast of Fairbanks, Alaska (147°30′ W, 65° 10′ N). The site has a size of 1050 ha and is owned by the State of Alaska Division of Forestry and managed as the Caribou-Poker Creeks Research Watershed. Size. Vegetation Type: Boreal forest. South slopes are dominated by quaking aspen and paper birch. North-facing slopes are dominated by black spruce. For update information click on:

The INCIDENT MANAGEMENT SITUATION REPORT from 11 July 1999 can be quoted as follows:
Initial attack activity was minimal in most Areas. Good progress was made on large fires in the Northwest and the Great Basin Areas. The National Interagency Coordination Center mobilized a lead plane, air attack, infrared aircraft, helicopters, radio equipment, a caterer, shower unit, supplies, crews and miscellaneous overhead. High to extreme fire indices were reported in Nevada, California, Arizona, Utah, Colorado, Alaska, Oregon, Wyoming and Idaho.

The monsoonal moisture will continue over Arizona, Nevada, Utah and central California and will lessen a little in southern California, eastern Colorado and eastern New Mexico. Thunderstorms will continue across the entire southwest due to residual moisture and hot temperatures. The monsoonal moisture will slowly move north into the northern third of California and northern Nevada. High temperatures will remain in the 60’s to 70’s along the coast, with 70’s and 80’s in the mountains and in the 90’s to 110 in the lower inland valleys and deserts.
North of the monsoonal moisture area to the Canadian border conditions will remain dry and warm. High temperatures will be in the 60’s and 70’s along the Oregon and Washington coast, with 70’s and 80’s in the mountainous terrain and in Montana and Wyoming. The lower inland valleys and deserts will be in the 90’s to around 105 degrees.

For detailed information regarding specified regions, please refer to the whole report.

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