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In Reply Refer To: (Date)

9210

Memorandum


To: Deputy Assistant Director (NIFC), Fire and Aviation
From: State Director, XXX
Subject: Fire Severity Funding Request
The XXX State Office is requesting severity funding for the 30-day period from January 1 through January 30, 2011. Funds will only be used for preparedness activities that are required due to the abnormal conditions outlined below. Adjustments to the resource mix specified in this request will be within the approved dollar limit and will ensure appropriate use of the funding. If conditions change so that use of severity funds is no longer warranted, use of the funds will be discontinued.
Coordination of preparedness and suppression actions with cooperators from federal, state and local agencies is ongoing and includes the use of multiple agency aircraft, equipment and personnel, according to established reciprocal protection agreements. (Document coordination here) All ordering for required resources will occur through established coordination system channels.
For questions, please contact XXX, State Fire Operations Specialist, at XXX-XXX-XXXX.
INSTRUCTIONS: Please complete all narratives tables and web links outlined or provided in this document. Additional information, graphs, and/or data should be provided via web links in order to keep this document short and concise.
A. NARRATIVE STATEMENT
Provide a short statement describing the specific geographic areas of concern and explaining how fire danger, measured by using the XXX National Fire Danger Rating System (NFDRS) index is currently (or will become) above normal and will impact fire initiation, growth or density. Explain how expected weather will affect fire behavior and fire potential. Describe special conditions or circumstances that support this severity request.
B. QUANTIFICATION OF NEED
The information below must demonstrate how fuel and weather conditions will exceed normal conditions for the area during the time period requested. The primary factor(s) for this request must be identified. The fire potential and associated factors outlined below must be coordinated and reviewed with the Geographic Area Predictive Services staff prior to submission.
1. Fire Danger and Fire Potential

Provide a short narrative explanation of current and projected fire danger/fire potential. Links to FireFamilyPlus graphs showing historic and observed trend lines should also be included (these graphs should be based on fire season percentiles, not calendar year percentiles).


The indices below are used to represent fire danger/potential for the area of concern:

Index

Fuel Model

Normal value & percentile

Current value & percentile

Projected value & percentile

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Peak BI













Other













Other












Insert FireFamilyPlus links here:


Provide a link to the Geographic Area 7-Day Significant Fire Potential product and the National Wildland Significant Fire Potential Outlook for the monthly fire potential forecast:

http://gacc.nifc.gov/oscc/predictive/outlooks/Fire_Potential.html (example)

http://www.nifc.gov/nicc/predictive/outlooks/monthly_seasonal_outlook.pdf


2. Precipitation/Drought
Provide a short narrative explaining the impact of precipitation deficits and/or drought conditions on fuels or fire behavior. Include average and observed precipitation information/data for the area of concern. Include the following links:
http://www.cdc.noaa.gov/Drought/images/prec4.gif

http://www.drought.unl.edu/dm/monitor.html
3. Fuel Loading
Provide a short narrative on how fuel loading (including normal and observed values), continuity, or special fuel circumstances may affect fire behavior/fire growth and the need for severity funding.
4. Fuel Moisture
Provide information about live and dead fuel moistures, including normal and observed values by size class and species. Provide links as needed to support severity request.
5. National Weather Service Outlooks
Provide a short narrative on how forecasted weather conditions for the time period of the request are expected to affect fire potential and the need for additional resources. Include one or more of the following links:

http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/predictions/610day/ (for 6-10 day outlook)

http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/predictions/814day/ (for 8-14 day outlook)

http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/predictions/30day/ (for 30 day outlook)
C. REQUESTED RESOURCES
Attach severity request spreadsheet.
D. APPROVAL SIGNATURES

Prepared by: Date:

State Fire Operations Specialist

Reviewed by: Date:

State Fire Management Officer

Approved by: Date:



State Director



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