Central Nevada Fire Weather

Firewhirl caused by unstable airWeather plays an important role in wildland fire operations. The Central Nevada Interagency Dispatch Center uses current and predicted weather to determine: staffing levels, response levels, fire growth potential, fire danger, and resource needs. During the fire season weather forecast are monitored continuously and staffing is adjusted as needed.

The majority of fires within the Central Nevada dispatch zone are started by lighting and become wind driven. For this reason staffing levels are at their peak during predicted lightning activity. Lightning activity is typically at its peak starting in July and going through September.

Because weather is an important factor in fire behavior there are many different tools available to help monitor it. Below are just a few links that will direct you to fire weather sites.

National Fire Weather

National Weather Service





Central Nevada Dispatch Links



Air Resources

Fire Weather

Current Fire Information

Western Great Basin

Winnemucca Fire

Battle Mountain Fire