Fire Weather Intelligence Portal Expanded to Entire Southern Region

A cooperative agreement between the USDA Southeast Climate Hub and the State Climate Office of North Carolina supported an expansion of the Fire Weather Intelligence Portal. The portal now includes new fire weather and fire risk parameters, a mobile-friendly design, and coverage of the entire 13-state USDA Forest Service Southern Region. 

Fire Weather Intelligence Portal image showing drought and forest fire potential in fall 2016. The State Climate Office of North Carolina and the North Carolina Forest Service developed the web-based Fire Weather Intelligence Portal in 2011. As a single source for fire weather and fire danger information, fire managers could use the portal to view past, current, and forecasted fire risk and weather conditions in North Carolina when managing prescribed burns and wildfires. Through a cooperative agreement between the USDA Southeast Climate Hub and North Carolina State University, the portal was updated to cover the entire 13-state USDA Forest Service Southern Region. The expanded portal also features faster loading times, a mobile-friendly design, and updated information packages of critical fire weather and fire danger information (e.g., fuel temperature and moisture, wind speed and direction, relative humidity, and fire potential) for assessments of daily burning and smoke dispersion conditions. Southern fire managers can use this real-time and forecasted weather and fire risk information to make informed on-the-ground decisions that best utilize resources and protect life and property.

Pictured: Devastating wildfires burned over 80,000 acres across five southeastern states in fall 2016. A Fire Weather Intelligence Portal image from November 29 of that year shows how extensive drought, as indicated by the embedded U.S. Drought Monitor map, and high forest fire potential, as indicated by the Keetch-Byram Drought Index, contributed to the fires’ spread and intensity.


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    External Partners/Collaborators:
    North Carolina State University, State Climate Office of North Carolina

    Contact: Steven McNulty, Director, USDA Southeast Climate Hub, steve.mcnulty@usda.gov


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