Wildland Fire Potential for Fall 2013

By Arindam Samanta  |  September 6, 2013

On September 1, 2013, the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) issued its National Significant Wildland Fire Potential Outlook for the remainder of 2013. The outlook provides an assessment of current weather and fuels conditions and how these will evolve in the next four months.

Here’s a summary of the outlook for September through December: 


  • Above normal for most of the central and southern California mountains


  • Above normal for California’s northern and southwestern mountains
  • Return to normal for the mountains of central California

November and December

  • Return to normal for the southwestern mountains of California

For all the details, read the complete NIFC report.

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Dr. Arindam Samanta

Dr. Arindam Samanta manages FireLine®, Verisk’s wildfire risk management tool for the insurance industry. In addition, his team develops and maintains a range of property risk-assessment tools related to hail, wind, and lightning that are part of Verisk's Prometrix® Peril and Incident Report and LOCATION® services. His scientific and technical expertise spans several areas, including advanced satellite remote sensing and image science, climate dynamics and change, data science and machine learning, and natural hazard risk analysis. The national and international news media—including the BBC and Nature and Science magazines—have highlighted his research. Dr. Samanta is a member of the American Meteorological Society (AMS), the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the International Association of Wildland Fire (IAWF), and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).