AirFire helps organize 2nd Annual Air Resource Advisor training

The AirFire team,working closely with interagency leads from around the country, has helped organize and hold the 2nd Annual Air Resource Advisor training.  This training is developing a cadre of Technical Specialists that can be deployed to Incident Management Teams and Area Commands during wildfire events.  The Air Resource Advisors (ARAs) act to develop and interpret smoke information for use by Incident Command, and act as a liaison for coordinating information transfer between interested parties, including from the fire to local air and public health agencies.  The 2nd Annual Air Resource Advisor training was held May 5-8 in Boise.

Where to find smoke model output

We are bringing systems back online. Currently, you can find CONUS wide forecasts here:

but you will have to walk down the directory structure as described below.

I am working on a better system, but here is the guide of where to go next:

  • NAM36 – the NAM 12km grid run for 36 forecast hours
  • NAM84 – the NAM 12km grid run for 84 forecast hours

Within each directory you will find names like:

  • 2013060100-0.08deg_hysplit
  • 2013060100-0.15deg_hysplit

This indicates the forecast hour of the meteorlogical data used (June 1, 2013 00Z run in this case) – the analysis grid used within hysplit (0.08deg =~ 9km or 0.15deg =~ 17km) _ the dispersion model used (hysplit).

Within each directory there are numerous files, but the main one to look at is

  • smoke_dispersion.kmz

Which will show you the smoke dispersion model output in Google Earth.

So here is the full link for one of the model runs for June 1, 2013:

Adjust the settings for the correct date, etc… or simply start at http://smoke.airfire.org/bluesky-daily/output/ and work your way down as described above.

AirFire team hosts first Air Resource Advisor training.

The AirFire team held the first-ever Air Resource Advisor training in Seattle.  The three day workshop, funded jointly by the Joint Fire Science Program and the U.S. Forest Service Fire and Aviation Management, help these emerging inciden support specialists to better understand issues around smoke and air quality resulting from fires through explorations of experiences at recent fires.  [Adapted from the USFS Chief's Desk: People Places and Things, March 22, 2013]

AirFire continues to support wildfire incidents

The AirFire Team is continuing to support wildfire incidents throughout the country.

Most recently, AirFire has been doing smoke dispersion modeling in support of the Eastern Washington wildfires.   AirFire is also continuing to provide modeling support to wildfires in Idaho.   The models are being run at a higher resolution over Washington and Idaho than elsewhere in the US, with different fire sizes to provide a “best guess” and “worst case” scenario. AirFire Team members are providing model analysis to assist federal, state, and local agencies in their efforts to communicate to the public health impacts from the smoke from the fires.