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NOUS41 KWBC 231904

Service Change Notice 15-03
National Weather Service Headquarters Washington DC
205 PM EST Fri Jan 23 2015

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:  Service Transfer of Fire Weather Zones in Eastern Utah
          Effective April 7, 2015

Effective Tuesday, April 7, 2015, at 400 AM Mountain Daylight
Time (MDT), 1000 Coordinated Universal Time (UTC), NWS Weather
Forecast Offices (WFO) in Salt Lake City, Utah (SLC), and Grand
Junction, Colorado (GJT), will transfer fire weather zone
responsibility to align with the County Warning and Forecast Area
(CWFA) of these two WFOs. All fire weather zone numbers and names
will remain unaltered. The fire weather zones with a change of
ownership are listed below in Table 1 and Table 2.

The Fire Weather Planning Forecast (Product Category FWF, WMO
Header FNUS5i) and Fire Weather Watch/Red Flag Warning (Product
Category RFW, WMO Header WWUS8i) products are the primary
affected services.

The zone transfer will simplify coordination, mitigate confusion,
and in general, better serve the needs of those who use NWS fire
weather services.

The fire weather zone numbers, zone names, current
responsibility, and new responsibility are listed below:

Table 1:  Fire weather zones transferred from WFO GJT to WFO SLC.

Fire Zone     Fire Zone           Current          New
Code          Name                Responsibility   Responsibility
----          ----                --------------   --------------

UTZ481        Western Ashley      WFO GJT          WFO SLC
               National Forest

UTZ482        Western Uintah      WFO GJT          WFO SLC

UTZ483        Southern Ashley     WFO GJT          WFO SLC
               National Forest

UTZ484        Tavaputs Plateau    WFO GJT          WFO SLC

Table 2:  Fire weather zones transferred from WFO SLC to WFO GJT.

Fire Zone     Fire Zone           Current          New
Code          Name                Responsibility   Responsibility
----          ----                --------------   --------------

UTZ490   Colorado River Basin     WFO SLC          WFO GJT

UTZ491   Southeast Utah           WFO SLC          WFO GJT

Partners and users of WFO GJT and WFO SLC fire weather services
will need to update their system(s) to continue receiving
appropriate products.

No changes are being made to any public weather forecast zone.

An updated fire zone shapefile is online at:
For more information, please contact:

  Ben Moyer
  NWS Weather Forecast Office Grand Junction, CO
  Grand Junction, CO 81506
  970-243-7007 x 642

  Kevin Barjenbruch
  Warning Coordination Meteorologist
  NWS Weather Forecast Office Salt Lake City, UT
  Salt Lake City, UT 84116

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