2019 Season High Sierra Fire, Smoke, and Mountain Safety Information


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By Alex Wierbinski - Posted on 08 August 2019

 

 

 

SUMMER & FALL
FIRE & SMOKE INFORMATION FOR BACKPACKING
SEASON
of
2019

 

Latest
FIRE & SMOKE
Report---Analysis

 

ALL
FIRE & SMOKE
INFORMATION & RESOURCES

FIRE

All Federally Managed Fires
Parks, Forests, and Federal Lands

INCIWEB 

Inciweb has been downgraded in services and quality by their redesign. For a list of National and California Fires, now see:

 

NATIONAL INTERAGENCY FIRE CENTER, note fire lists by states...

 

All California Managed
State Fires

Managed Fires


CALFIRE Incident Information 

 

2019 Google California Statewide Fire Map

July 2019 High Sierra Backpacker's Calendar

 

More Information, Alerts, Contacts
ALL FEDERAL HIGH SIERRA PARKS & FORESTS

 

Previous Years

2018 Google California Statewide Fire Map

2018 Fire Page I, and Fire Page II

July 2018 High Sierra Calendar

 

2017 Google California Statewide Fire Map

2017 Fire Page: Wet Through August!

July 2017 High Sierra Calendar

  

 

SMOKE & AIR QUALITY RESOURCES

SMOKE SENSOR SYSTEMS

Best REAL TIME
Smoke
Monitoring Resources
Current Local Smoke Particulate-Ozone Density
From the Real-Time Reports of Networks of Ground Sensors:

WFAQRP-AIRFIRE TOOLS
REAL TIME AIR QUALITY SENSOR STATION READING
Latest station readings, with last ten days readings, too!

 

Air Quality
AIR NOW

Air Now Home

Air Now, New Interactive Map

Air Now, Old PM & Ozone maps, & loops

Air Now Cities

 

Air Now, Define Particulate Pollution (PM)

Air Now AQI Reference Chart

 

CALIFORNIA SMOKE SENSOR NETWORK & WEBCAMS
Last readings, but adding All "Webcam Layers,"
gives us eyes on the smoke! Check out the various webcam, "layers," or networks.

 

Smoke
GRAPHICAL REPRESENTATIONS
Maps

CALIFORNIA SMOKE INFORMATION

 

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Graphical Forecasts on Maps

FIRE & SMOKE PROJECTIONS
BLUE SKY
BlueSky Daily Runs
Link to latest run of Forest Service's Excellent Blue Sky Smoke Forecast Tool.

 

All BlueSky Daily Runs
Pick Region & Time, Click, "MAP."
(For the Sierra, select CA/NV 2-km)

 

NOAA HRRR-SMOKE FORECAST:
Western US Covered with Smoke
NOAA HRRR Smoke Forecast
Check out the time-slider on bottom of page

 

The
Bird's Eye View

HEAVY SMOKE 
Smoke From the 2018 Camp Fire
Fills the San Joaquin Valley

GOES E GeoColor True Color daytime, multispectral IR at night

More
Weather Page Satellites

 

TIME

GMT NOW         PST-PDT NOW

Time of Forecasts and Predictions

 

The High Sierra Runs on Pacific Time
PST=GMT-8
PDT=GMT-7

 

History of Time
Time Offsets
&
PST & PDT

 

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MORE RESOURCES
Visual

From Space

MODIS Satellite Fire & Thermal Anomalies, Nov. 13, 2018

 

Best B&W Visible Satellite Views

Visible Northern California & the Sierra

Visible SF Bay Area, So Cal, & the Sierra

 

Fire Satellite Views

No Cal Sierra Nevada IR Fire Satellite Loop

SF Bay Area-Monterey IR Fire Satellite Loop

 

So Cal Sierra Nevada IR Fire Satellite Loop

Western Region US IR Fire Satellite Loop

 

The Weather Page
All Satellites

GMT NOW         PST-PDT NOW

Time of Forecasts and Predictions

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NOAA

Hazard Mapping System Fire and Smoke Product

 

NASA

Interesting Recent Satellite Smoke Images

Worldview: all recent satellite imagery

MODIS Smoke

 

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HIGH SIERRA WEATHER 

MORE MOUNTAIN SAFETY

 

2019 REPORTS

August 16, 2019 

Third Entry

WEATHER HAZARD: HEAT WARNINGS, FIRE

Gaines Fire Starts

 

 

August 15, 2019 

Third Entry

WEATHER HAZARD: HEAT WARNINGS

High Temps in Valley & Along Sierra Crest & Flanks

High Sierra Calendar--High Sierra Weather Resources--High Sierra Air-Fire Resources

 

 

 

August 14, 2019 

Second Entry

Heat rising to Heat Wave/Heat Hazard Levels. Excessive moisture from this Spring's extensive Sierra snowpack has now dried out. Both these factors have now brought us to conditions conducive to major fire incidents

 

 

July 27, 2019 

First Entry

Scouting
Just returned from a week long visit to three Sierra Areas, being the Tahoe Basin, the Carson Pass Zone, Ebbetts Pass & Lake Alpine. Though I noted higher than average temperatures, they did not qualify as overly hot, and certainly not a heat wave. Most importantly was the high presence of moisture in the soils at all locations, with rivers and creeks still running high, if not strong.

Natural Suppression
These conditions are suppressing fires at this point in time, unlike last year, 2018, when the 58% of average snowfall left things dry by this time, and we were already seeing the second heatwave of the Summer of 2018 begin the first of the two major fire seasons we experienced during 2018.

Slow Start
Thus this year's Fire Season has been starting out slowly on the major forests decorating the Sierra Flanks, due to peaking-out of this year's snowpack at 201% on June 3rd of 2019!

Compare the Recent Years

July 2018 High Sierra Calendar, 58% of Seasonal Average.

July 2017 High Sierra Calendar, Wettest Year in Centuries?

 

2015 Driest Year in RECORDED HISTORY

 

 

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Originally Published
2019-07-27 16:04:50

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