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Service Change Notice 13-9

National Weather Service Headquarters Washington DC

1023 AM EST Tue Jan 29 2013


To:       Subscribers:

          -Family of Services

          -NOAA Weather Wire Service

          -Emergency Managers Weather Information Network


          Other NWS Partners and NWS Employees


From:     Eli Jacks

          Chief, Fire and Public Weather Services Branch


Subject:  Changes in Fire Weather Forecast Zone Names for

          Utah Effective April 4, 2013


Effective Thursday, April 4, 2013, at 600 AM Mountain Daylight

Time, 1200 Coordinated Universal Time (UTC), the NWS Weather

Forecast Offices (WFO) in Salt Lake City, Utah (SLC), and 

Grand Junction, Colorado (GJT), will rename four fire weather

forecast zones.


Table 1:  Changed WFO SLC, UT, Fire Weather Forecast Zone Names


Zone Code      Old Zone Name                   New Zone Name

---------      -------------                   -------------

UTZ484        Western Book Cliffs              Tavaputs Plateau


UTZ488        Manti-La Sal National Forest     Manti National



UTZ494        Canyonlands                      Henry Mountains


Table 2:  Changed WFO GJT, CO, Fire Weather Forecast Zone 

Name in UT:


Zone Code     Old Zone Name                    New Zone Name

---------     -------------                    -------------

UTZ487        Eastern Book Cliffs              Book Cliffs


These are fire weather forecast zone name changes only.  No

change is being made to fire weather forecast zone geographic

extents or zone numbers.


WFO SLC has fire weather forecast responsibility for

approximately the western two-thirds of Utah, while WFO SLC and

WFO GJT share fire weather forecast responsibility for the

eastern one-third of Utah. Uintah Basin, Moab and Richfield

Interagency Fire Centers (IFC) requested these name changes.

These fire weather product users felt that a different naming

convention would better serve their needs. These changes have

also been coordinated with the Eastern Great Basin Coordination

Center, Utah Interagency Fire Centers, and other fire weather

partners and users in Utah.


An updated fire weather zone map shapefile containing the new

zones is online at:


Partners and users of WFO SLC and WFO GJT fire weather products

will need to update their system(s) to continue receiving correct

fire weather forecasts/products.


For more information, please contact:


Larry Dunn                           Ben Moyer

Meteorologist-in-Charge              Meteorologist-in-Charge        

Salt Lake City, UT 84116             NWS Grand Junction, CO

801-524-4378                         970-243-7007 x 642


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