Firesin the Rocky Mountains
The BIRD hotspots detected on 20 August 2003 in Canada and USA in the area ofthe Rocky Mountains. The hotspots are coded with their radiative energy release and are projected on the NIR band (0.84-0.90 mcm) where firescars are clearly seen as darker areas.
Source: German AerospaceCenter DLR (BIRD) website: http://spacesensors.dlr.de/SE/bird/index.html)
Fires in Oregon
On 20 August 2003, the ModerateResolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on the Aquasatellite captured this image of fires (marked with red outlines) in northwestOregon. The northern most fire is the Bear Butte Fire and the southern fire isthe Booth Fire. At top center of the image, a gray patch marks the location ofPortland along the Columbia River.
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)
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
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
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
For more Satellite Images displaying recent fires in the US, please visit NASA´SEarth Observatory at:
http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/natural_hazards_v2.php3?topic=fire. EarthObservatory provides MODIS and Landsat Scenes of fires allover the planet.
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.