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Weather stations (RAWS)

Weather Information


To get the fire weather data to the Rural Fire Authorities the weather stations electronically transmit data via radio, satellite, cell phone or landline at the same time each day.

​Everyday, at noon, we collect information about the weather from approximately 160 remote automatic weather stations (RAWS). This information makes up part of the fire weather index (FWI) system and determines the daily fire danger across New Zealand.

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Circular 2014-09 Revised NRFA Fire Weather Observation Standards V3 2014

This National Rural Fire Authority (NRFA) circular is intended as an advisory notice to the publication of the revised NRFA National Minimum Standard for Fire Weather Observations.

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NRFA Standard Fire Weather Observations

The purpose of this document is to define the National Rural Fire Authority Standard for Fire Weather Observations (the Standard).
NRFA Std Fire Wx Obs V3 July 2014.pdf
(696458kb) 2014-09 Date of issue: 1 September 2014

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Fire Weather Index workbook v5

Use the study guide as a reference to answer the questions. You need a copy of the Fire Weather Index System Tables for New Zealand. A copy of your Fire Plan will also be required
Fire Weather Index workbook v5 2016-10-06 SL.pdf
(292360kb) Unit standard number: 14556 Date of issue: 5 October 2016

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New Fire Weather System Goes Live

A new Rural Fire Weather System goes live this month, providing easy to read information for the public, rural land managers and fire fighting personnel.