Weather observations are a critical part of reducing risks in wildland firefighting. Taking observations is typically the job of the assigned lookout.
Getting a Spot Forecast from the National Weather Service
If your fire control will take 2 or more hours, request a spot forecast. It usually takes 20-30 minutes to get your forecast.
You can request a spot weather forecast from your phone in two ways:
- By calling 206-526-6088
- By going to: https://www.weather.gov/spot and select <Submit Spot Request>
NWS has a tutorial video to help: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=idFO_NjyEBE