Fire Weather Zone Changes on June 6th, 2013
Effective Thursday, June, 6, 2013, at 500 AM Pacific Daylight Time (PDT), 1200 Coordinated Universal Time (UTC), the NWS Weather Forecast Office in Spokane, Washington (WFO OTX), will change some eastern Washington fire weather zone boundaries, names and numbers. This change supports a more efficient forecast process and provides NWS partners and users improved fire weather watch, warning and forecast products.
Official NWS Change Notice (html version)
Modified Zones in WFO Spokane, WA area of responsibility:
Fire Weather Zone 673 - Northern Columbia Basin (Modified Zone)
This includes all of the land east of the Columbia River at the Grant and Douglas County line, to the Ferry County line, then southeast through eastern Lincoln County to Whitman and Adams County, then south along the Whitman County line to the southern Adams County line.
Fire Weather Zone 686 - Northeast Mountains (Modified Zone)
This includes all of the land from north of the Spokane River to the Canadian border, and east of the Kettle/Columbia River to the Idaho state border.
Fire Weather Zone 674 - Eastern Washington East Columbia Basin (NEW Zone)
This new zone was created from the southern portion of zone 686 and roughly the eastern third of zone 673. Zone 674 includes all of the land area south of the Spokane and Little Spokane Rivers south to the Snake River, east of eastern Lincoln County and the Whitman County line to the Idaho border.
Fire Weather Zone Boundaries for WFO OTX (after change):
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