What is FireBusterDot?

FireBusterDot provides users with 72-hour fire weather forecasts of surface temperature, humidity, and wind at the device’s or any given location over the area of California and Nevada. On the startup screen, 5-km (3.1-mile) spatial resolution forecast is shown first. If you need the 1-km (0.6-mile) resolution forecast and if the forecast is available, the run ID can be tapped to access the forecasts. If not, please contact the development team below.

FireBusterDot is a component of a more sophisticated web application called FireBuster (https://fwxfcst.us/firebuster), which has been jointly developed by scientists at Pacific Southwest Research Station (PSW) of Forecast Service, Southern California Geographic Area Coordination Center (OSCC), National Centers of Environmental Prediction (NCEP), and University of California, San Diego. Firebuster is a web-based real-time forecasting system designed to streamline and automate many intermediate modeling processes so that the downscaled fire weather information of California at above two spatial resolutions can be delivered to needed users in a timely manner. This is one of very few, if not the only, systems in the US providing real-time fire weather forecasts at such fine spatial scale.


The development of FireBusterDot was supported by USDA Forest Service research. We are indebted to Mr. Kaisen Chen, who helped us tremendously in developing the mobile app version of FireBusterDot. Our gratitude also extends to Mr. Rohit Jain at the Chief Information Office of the Forest Service who guided us getting this mobile app published at app stores.


The forecasts from FireBusterDot are experimental as we continue to develop and improve these products. While we strive to make the information in this product as accurate as possible, the USDA makes no guarantees, claims, or promises about the accuracy, timeliness, or completeness of this information. The data may not have the accuracy, resolution, completeness, timeliness, or other characteristics appropriate for applications that potential users of the data may contemplate. No warranty is made by USDA for use of the data for purposes not intended by USDA. The data in these products should not be considered authoritative and are neither official records nor legal documents. In no event shall USDA have any liability whatsoever for payment of any consequential, incidental, special, or tort damages of any kind arising out of the use of or reliance on the data. USDA is not responsible for any decisions, actions, or investments made based on the data and information available through this website or the web-based products. It is the user’s responsibility to verify the accurateness of any information. User should use these results at their own risk.

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Development team:

John Benoit, PSW Riverside, john.benoit@usda.gov
Stacy Drury, PSW Davis, stacy.a.drury@usda.gov
Shyh Chen, PSW Riverside, shyh-chin.chen@usda.gov