Heat signatures and smoke plumes(light blue haze) are visible from several fires burning in Idaho and Montana.The Boles/Rattlesnake Complex Fire has charred 12,500 acres about 20 milesnortheast of Missoula, MT. The Fish Creek Fire has scorched 1,375 acres of LoloNational Forest. The Gold 1 Fire has charred 4,000 acres in Bitterroot NationalForest. This information is from the National Interagency Fire Center’s IncidentManagement Situation Report from August 14, 2003.
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 http://www.nifc.gov/fireinfo/nfn.html
Year-to-date State-by-State total number of wildland fires and area burned (table) http://www.nifc.gov/fireinfo/nfnmap.html
The NationalWildfire Information Interagencyprovides detailed information on each individual state with active fires.
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 (observed time) fire danger (forecasted)
Latest fire dangermap for the United States (observation time) and forecasted fire danger map forthe subsquent day (Source: WAFS)
Dead fuel moisture responds solely to ambient environmental conditions and is critical in determining fire potential. Dead fuel moistures are classed by timelag.
Latest fuel moisture maps for conterminousUS (Source: WAFS)
The Keetch-Byram Drought Index (KBDI) is a soil/duffdrought index. Factors in the index are maximum daily temperature, dailyprecipitation, antecedent precipitation, and annual precipitation. The indexranges from 0 (no drought) to 800 (extreme drought) (details).
Latest Keetch-Byram drought index map for conterminousUS (Source: WAFS)
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(August to October 2003) (Source: National Weather Service)
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.