Current Fire Weather Observations for:
Friday, March 24, 2017
NWS Mt Holly live weather radar
NJ Doppler Estimated Precip Totals
NJ Precipitation Observation Net
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NOAA Drought Status Map for NJ
Eastern Area Seasonal Outlook Maps
Mount Holly Fire Weather Resources
NIFC Seasonal Outlook Map
NJ drought monitor map
NJ Weather & Climate Network
NJ DEP Drought Info Page
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(Updated by about 2:30 pm daily)
TIME: 1400 hrs
HERBACEOUS STAGE: 1
FINE FUEL MOISTURE: 9
BUILDUP INDEX: 12
WIND DIRECTION: SW
WIND SPEED: 9
SPREAD INDEX: 19
CLASS DAY: 2
24 HOUR PRECPITATION: 0
DRY BULB: 53
WIND GUSTS: 17
CLASS 1 LOW: Fuels do not ignite readily from small firebrands although a more intense heat source, such as lightning, may start fires in duff or punky wood. Fires in open cured grasslands may burn freely a few hours after rain, but woods fires spread slowly by creeping or smoldering, and burn in irregular fingers. There is little danger of spotting.
CLASS 2 MODERATE: Fires can start from most accidental causes, but with the exception of lightning fires in some areas, the number of starts is generally low. Fires in open cured grasslands will burn briskly and spread rapidly on windy days. Timber fires spread slowly to moderately fast. The average fire is of moderate intensity, although heavy concentrations of fuel, especially draped fuel, may burn hot. Short-distance spotting may occur, but is not persistent. Fires are not likely to become serious and control is relatively easy.
CLASS 3 HIGH: All fine dead fuels ignite readily and fires start easily from most causes. Unattended brush and campfires are likely to escape. Fires spread rapidly and short-distance spotting is common. High-intensity burning may develop on slopes or in concentrations of fine fuels. Fires may become serious and their control difficult unless they are attacked successfully while small.
CLASS 4 VERY HIGH: Fires start easily from all causes and, immediately after ignition, spread rapidly and increase quickly in intensity. Spot fires are a constant danger. Fires burning in light fuels may quickly develop high intensity characteristics such as long-distance spotting and fire whirlwinds when they bum into heavier fuels.
CLASS 5 EXTREME: Fires start quickly, spread furiously, and burn intensely. All fires are potentially serious. Development into high intensity burning will usually be faster and occur from smaller fires than in the very high fire danger class. Direct attack is rarely possible and may be dangerous except immediately after ignition. Fires that develop headway in heavy slash or in conifer stands may be unmanageable while the extreme burning condition lasts. Under these conditions the only effective and safe control action is on the flanks until the weather changes or the fuel supply lessens.
Addditional Fire Weather Resource Links:
NICC National Interagency Coordination Center
NIFC National Interagency Fire Center