Spot Weather Forecast

Weather - Fire Behavior
Page Last Modified / Reviewed: 
Nov 2020


Spot weather forecasts should be requested or submitted online for those fires that have potential for extreme fire behavior, exceed initial attack, or are located in areas where Red Flag Warnings have been issued.

Basic elements needed for a spot weather forecast include:

  • Name of fire and management agency.
  • Request time and date.
  • Location by ¼ section.
  • Drainage name.
  • Exposure.
  • Size.
  • Elevation (top and bottom).
  • Fuel type.
  • Fire character (ground, crown, etc.).
  • Weather conditions (place, elevation, observation time, wind direction, wind velocity, dry bulb, wet bulb, remarks, and important U.S. indicators).

Activity: Calibrate your Kestrel and review belt weather kit use.

Discuss Spot Weather Forecast under Other References (white section) in the Incident Response Pocket Guide, PMS 461.


Additional Resources

Incident Management Situation Report (IMSR)
Incident Response Pocket Guide (IRPG), PMS 461
NWCG Standards for Helicopter Operations, PMS 510
RT-130, Wildland Fire Safety Training Annual Refresher (WFSTAR)
Interagency Standards for Fire and Fire Aviation Operations (Red Book)
Wildland Fire Lessons Learned Center

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