NOUS41 KWBC 161927
Service Change Notice 13-30
National Weather Service Headquarters Washington DC
327 PM EDT Tue Apr 16 2013
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From: Eli Jacks
Chief, Fire and Public Weather Services Branch
Subject: Changes in Fire Weather Forecast Zones for Puerto Rico
and the U.S. Virgin Islands Effective May 16, 2013
Effective Thursday, May 16, 2013, at 800 AM Atlantic Standard
Time (AST), 1200 Coordinated Universal Time (UTC), the NWS
Weather Forecast Office in San Juan (SJU), Puerto Rico (PR), will
reconfigure the fire weather forecast zones for Puerto Rico and
the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI) to align with the boundaries of
the National Fire Danger Rating Areas. Upon implementation of
this change, all fire weather forecasts and related products for
PR and the USVI will use the zone number, name and geographic
description shown below.
PRZ014 - South Coastal Plain and Mona Island
This zone includes the Aguirre State Forest, Guanica State
Forest, Guanica Dry Forest, Boqueron State Forest, the Cabo Rojo
and Cartagena Lagoon National Wildlife Refuges and the Mona
Island Nature Reserve in PR.
PRZ015 - Southern Hills
This zone includes the south slopes of PR including the Maricao
PRZ016 - North Coastal Plain
This zone includes the Pinones State Forest and the cities of
Arecibo and San Juan, PR.
PRZ017 - Northern Hills
This zone includes the north slopes of Puerto Rico including the
Guajataca State Forest and the Vega Alta State Forest.
PRZ018 - West Coast
This zone includes the west coast of PR including the city of
PRZ019 - Eastern Interior
This zone includes the cities of Caguas and Humacao, PR.
PRZ020 - Northeast Coast of Puerto Rico, Culebra, Vieques, and
the US Virgin Islands
This zone includes the Virgin Islands National Park and the Salt
River Bay National Historical Park, USVI; and Culebra and Vieques
National Wildlife Refuges, PR.
PRZ021 - Central and Cayey Mountain Ranges
This zone includes the Cayey Mountain Range and the Central
Mountain Range including the Carite State Forest Reserve, Rio
Abajo State Forest, Toro Negro Forest Reserve and Guilarte State
PRZ022 - Luquillo Mountain Range
This zone includes the El Yunque National Rain Forest, PR.
These changes have been requested by and coordinated with the
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) International
Institute of Tropical Forestry, PR Fire Corps, US Fish and
Wildlife Service and other local fire weather partners and users.
Additional information regarding these fire weather forecast
zones changes is online at:
Partners and users of WFO SJU fire weather products will need to
update their system(s) to continue receiving correct fire weather
An updated fire weather zone map shapefile containing the new
zones is online at:
For more information, please contact:
Fire Weather Program Leader
NWS Weather Forecast Office
Carolina, PR 00979
National Service Change Notices are online at: