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Fire Weather Forecasts and Information

The National Weather Service in the Quad Cities is responsible for providing fire weather forecasts for eastern Iowa, northwest Illinois and northeast Missouri. The fire weather service program provides spot forecast services for the prevention, suppression and management of forest and rangeland fires.


 NWS Fire Weather Forecasts

    Fire Weather Watch or Red Flag Warning  (text) Issued for extreme fire danger conditions.  A Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions are occurring now or will develop shortly. A combination of strong wind, low relative humidity, and warm temperatures will contribute to extreme and explosive fire growth behavior. A Fire Weather Watch means high potential exists for these rapid fire growth conditions within the next 12-36 hours.
  Fire Weather Forecast  (text)  County-by-County detailed forecast of fire growth parameters. 
  Text Hazardous Weather Outlook             Outlooks for the NWS Quad Cities area, including Fire Weather.
  Graphical Hazardous Weather Outlook  

Fire Weather Forecast Maps

Grassland Fire Danger Index Graphic      

    Available graphics include:

  • Grassland Fire Danger Index
  • Max/Min Temperature
  • Humidity
  • Wind Gusts
  • Chance of precipitation 
  • Amount of precipitation
  • Dewpoint Temperature
  • Weather
  • Sky Cover
  Hourly Forecast Information Can select Hourly Weather Graph or Tabular, and then choose fire weather elements.
  Weather Activity Planner To use this planner, click on the desired parameters and select hourly weather graphics.
  Grassland Fire Danger Index (GFDI) for Iowa  (background on GFDI)

IA Forecast Grassland Fire Danger Index

IA Forecast Cropland Fire Danger Index (autumn)

Iowa Forecast Grassland Fire Danger Index image

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Iowa Forecast Cropland Fire Danger Index image

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National Forecast Information
Today's Outlook
Day 1 Fire Outlook
Tomorrow's Outlook
Day 2 Fire Outlook

Day 3-8 OutlookDay 3-8 Outlook


Additional Fire Weather Information


Note:  When submitting a SPOT forecast, please request on the day of the burn (not the day prior) and include a proximity weather observation.