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Service Change Notice 13-30

National Weather Service Headquarters Washington DC

327 PM EDT Tue Apr 16 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 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

State Forest.


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

Mayaguez, PR.


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

Forest, PR.


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:


Roberto Garcia



Luis Rosa

Fire Weather Program Leader


NWS Weather Forecast Office

Carolina, PR 00979



National Service Change Notices are online at: