Wisconsin Fire Weather Operating Manual - (707KB)



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Graphical Forecast

Local Spot Forecasts

 *** Conference Call/Briefing Page ***

Fire Weather Planning Forecast

Spot Fire Weather Forecasts

Point Forecasts


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NWS Zone Numbers Map

 

Red Flag Warnings

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red ball NATIONAL Fire Weather  Outlooks


Observations

Real-time Observation Monitor and Analysis Network - ROMAN
Radar Estimated Precipitation graphics
Haines Index Map  Lower atmosphere stability index, U.S.
Airport Observations  Wisconsin
Fire Danger Class Map  Latest public ratings, U.S.
Visual Greenness Map  Most recent weekly composite, U.S.

 


 

Satellite Fire Detection

Hazard Mapping System - Fire and Smoke Products
GIS Fire Analysis
GOES-12 Wildfire ABBA - Midwest and Ohio Valley

 


 

Fuel and Soil Moisture Maps

10-Hr Fuel Moisture  Weighed or computed for 1/2 inch diameter fuels, U.S.
1000-Hr Fuel Moisture  Computed for 3-6 inch diameter fuels, U.S.
Keetch-Byram Drought Index  Soil moisture drought index, U.S.
Palmer Drought Index  Updated weekly, U.S.
US Drought Monitor & Seasonal Outlook


Related Links 

Many of the links on the page are courtesy of the U.S. Forest Service. Other Fire Weather-related links include:

Eastern Area Coordination Center
National Interagency Fire Center
Bureau of Land Management
National Park Service
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 

 


 

Fire Weather Program : Some Background

Fire weather forecasts are prepared by the NWS for various fire control agencies in Wisconsin on a seasonal schedule from early Spring to late Fall. Start-up and termination of the fire weather seson is mainly related to snow coverage across Wisconsin and will be requested by the U.S. Forest Service and the Wisconsin DNR Bureau of Forestry.
Past history indicates Spring to be the most active season for fire in Wisconsin since dead fuels are abundant and relative humidities often drop to very low levels. Fall may be another peak time for the fire weather agencies due to a new source of fuel from dying vegetation due to freezing temperatures.
-Typical Seasons-
Spring Fire Weather Season....April 1 to June 15
Summer Fire Weather Season....June 15 to Sept 1
Fall Fire Weather Season....Sept 1 to Nov 15 

Agencies Supported by the Fire Weather Program:

- United States Forest Service (USFS)

  • Chequamegon National Forest in northern Wisconsin
  • Nicolet National Forest in northern Wisconsin
- United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)
  • Necedah National Wildlife Refuge
  • Horicon National Wildlife Refuge
  • Leopold Wetland Management District
- Wisconsin DNR Bureau of Forestry

- Bureau of Indian Affairs

 


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