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National Fire Weather Page

Spot Forecast Requests

 

State Fire Weather Operations Plans

 

Maryland 

Virginia

West Virginia

 

Area NWS Fire Weather Forecasts

 

NWS Sterling Fire Weather Planning forecasts are issued twice a day, at 5:10 AM and 2:10 PM.

Red Flag Criteria

Sustained winds 20 mph along with relative humidity less than 30 percent and fuel moisture less than or equal to 8 percent will initiate a call to the Maryland State Agency regarding a Red Flag Warning or Fire Weather Watch.

For Virginia, a call will be made when sustained winds of 20 mph and relative humidity of less than 30 percent combines with fuel moistures less than 8 percent. Temperatures must be above 40 degrees.

For West Virginia, sustained winds 20 mph along with relative humidity less than or equal to 25 percent and fuel moisture less than or equal to 8 percent will initiate a call to the State Agency. 

Special Weather Statements

Issued in coordination with the state agencies when near red flag criteria are expected.

 

NWS Sterling Latest Red Flag Warning / Fire Weather Watch - if recently issued/available

NWS Sterling Fire Weather Forecast - available year round (map of area with fire weather zones)

NWS Sterling Fire Weather Matrix (how to decode)

 

NWS Wakefield Fire Weather Forecast (map of area)

NWS Blacksburg Fire Weather Forecast (map of area)

NWS Mt. Holly Fire Weather Forecast (map of area)

Graphical Fire Weather Forecast

 

Fire Danger

 

Today Tomorrow
Observed Fire Danger Forecast Fire Danger

 

Dead Fuel Moistures

 

10 Hour 100 Hour 1000 Hour

 

Greenness

 

Visual Relative Departure from Average
Visual Greenness Relative Greenness Departure from Average Greenness

 

Other Data

 

National Interagency Fire Center Daily Situation Report

Archived RAWS Data 

 

Today's Haines Index Nationwide Experimental Live Moisture

 

Coordination Centers

 

Southern Area Coordination Center (SACC)

Eastern Area Coordination Center (EACC)

 

Other Useful Links

 

USFS Wildland Fire Assessment System

E-mail NWS Sterling Fire Weather Program Leader