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Service Change Notice 14-34

National Weather Service Headquarters Washington DC

1105 AM EDT Thu Jun 5 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:  Discontinuation of the Rangeland/Grassland Fire Danger

          Statement (RFD) for North Dakota by the NWS

          Weather Forecast Office (WFO) in Bismarck, ND,

          effective July 1, 2014


Effective Tuesday, July 1, 2014, at 1000 Coordinated Universal

Time (UTC), the NWS WFO in Bismarck, ND (BIS) will discontinue

the production of the RFD for North Dakota because equivalent

fire weather information is available in other fire weather



The Missoula Fire Sciences Laboratory in Missoula, MT, will

issue the North Dakota Fire Danger Statement text and associated

map using the fire danger rating of the National Fire Danger

Rating System (NFDRS).  NWS WFO BIS will include a link on the

WFO BIS website to the NFDRS fire danger issued by the Missoula

Fire Sciences Laboratory.


This change will improve services for WFO BIS fire weather

partners by using the fire danger rating from the NFDRS, the

national standard for fire management officers of customer and

partner agencies. The NFDRS forecast information map from the

Fire Lab in Missoula is online at:


A text listing of NFDRS information is online at:


Once this change has been implemented, the following product

will no longer be issued:


PRODUCT                       WMO HEADING    AWIPS ID

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

Rangeland/Grassland Fire      FNUS63 KBIS    RFDBIS

  Danger Statement


For more information, please contact:


  Janine Vining

  Fire Weather Program Leader

  NWS Bismarck, ND 58504

  Phone: 701-223-4582



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