Weather Observations


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:

  1. By calling 206-526-6088
  2. By going to: and select <Submit Spot Request>

NWS has a tutorial video to help: