Wisconsin Fire Weather Operating Manual - (637KB)
*** Fire Weather Briefing Page ***
Local Spot Forecasts
Fire Weather Planning Forecast
Spot Fire Weather Forecasts
||Fire Districts and
NWS Zone Numbers Map
Red Flag Warnings
NWS National Fire Weather Page
NATIONAL Fire Weather Outlooks
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
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.
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)
- United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)
- Chequamegon National Forest in northern Wisconsin
- Nicolet National Forest in northern Wisconsin
- Wisconsin DNR Bureau of Forestry
- Necedah National Wildlife Refuge
- Horicon National Wildlife Refuge
- Leopold Wetland Management District
- Bureau of Indian Affairs