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Service Change Notice 14-20

National Weather Service Headquarters Washington DC

210 PM EDT Thu Mar 27 2014


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 to Fire and Public Zone Boundaries for WFO

          Anchorage, AK, Effective June 12, 2014


Effective Thursday, June 12, 2014, at 4:00 pm Alaska Daylight

Time (AKDT), Friday, June 13, 2014, at 0000 Coordinated Universal

Time (UTC), the NWS Weather Forecast Office (WFO) in Anchorage,

AK, (AFC) will correct zone boundaries for three fire and public

weather forecast zones:


AKZ131 (Northeast Prince William Sound)

AKZ135 (Southeast Prince William Sound)

AKZ141 (Copper River Basin)


The fire and public zones are being redrawn to correspond with

the current forecast descriptions. There will be no changes to

the zone names or numbers.


The current zone line between AKZ131, AKZ135 and AKZ141 places

Keystone Canyon in zone AKZ135 (Southeast Prince William Sound),

and Thompson Pass in AKZ141 (Copper River Basin). The current

forecast description includes both Keystone Canyon and Thompson

Pass in zone ALZ131 (Northeast Prince William Sound). In the

corrected shapefile, Keystone Canyon and Thompson Pass will both

fall within zone AKZ131. This change will affect both the public

zone shapefile and the fire weather zone shapefile. The online

graphical depictions also will be updated.


A graphical depiction of the new public weather forecast zones as

well as detailed geographic descriptions are online at:


Updated fire and public shapefile are online at:




Partners and users of WFO AFC fire and public weather products

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

fire and public weather forecasts/products.


For more information please contact:


  Sam Albanese                         Louise Fode

  Warning Coordination Meteorologist   Public Program Manager

  National Weather Service             National Weather Service

  WFO Anchorage                        Alaska Region Headquarters

  Anchorage, AK  99502                 Anchorage, AK 99513

  (907) 266-5117                       (907) 271-3507      


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