Entries by RedZone

NIFC’s Wildland Fire Outlook

At the start of each month, the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) produces a 3 month significant wildland fire potential and weather outlook for the entire country. The Wildland Fire Potential map shows a national picture of the expected trend for fire activity and growth based on previous fire history and current weather predictions. This […]

Sundowner Winds and Their Impact on Fire Behavior

A sundowner wind is an offshore northerly Foehn wind that occurs near Santa Barbara, California. The winds surface when a ridge of high pressure is directly north of the area, and they blow with greatest force when the pressure gradient is perpendicular to the axis of the Santa Ynez Mountains which rise directly behind Santa Barbara. These […]

California Wildfires By the Numbers

It’s been a busy year for California wildfires. To date, The Northern and Southern California Geographic Area Coordination Centers have reported a total of 7,541 fires for 783,968 total acres burned. To put it in perspective, that’s larger than the entire state of Rhode Island… burned.  Let’s have a look at the previous five years […]

RedZone’s Experienced Wildfire Liaisons Connect IMTs to Private Response Teams

  When RedZone clients dispatch their private resources to respond to a wildfire, RedZone provides an on-scene Liaison to facilitate access and coordinate efforts with the local Incident Command personnel as required by federal, state, and local guidelines. RedZone’s Liaison staff has over 70 combined years of experience responding to major wildfires as well as […]

El Nino to Impact US this Winter

Typical weather from El Nino could help both the Northern and Southern US this winter. Shown below are the typical weather impacts from El Nino events for the months of January through March. The looming El Nino event should bring Late 2015/Early 2016 respite to the dry Southern US and bring a temporary halt to […]

Dual Tropical Storms Bear Down on Caribbean and Hawaii

Two storms, 5000 miles apart, are causing concern in each ocean.   Tropical Storm Erika is moving west in the heart of the Caribbean Islands and is set to impact Southern Florida late this weekend and early next week. The Governor has just declared a State of Emergency in preparation for its looming landfall. The […]