About FWAC

The Mission

The Fire, Weather & Avalanche Center's (FWAC) mission as a non-profit organization is to bring proprietary and user-friendly products, services, and information to the public—with an emphasis on the backcountry. This includes wildfires, weather, and avalanches. We are currently piloting a suite of products for the Pacific Northwest. Our team is gearing up for great things. We are have just begun testing a new wildfire threat model, learn more about it!

You can see our portfolio for examples of how we contribute to the local communities.

Sponsors and Donors

There is no way FWAC would survive (period) without sponsors and donors. This collective group of people support FWAC's mission through their financial contributions. We are greatful for all their support! To learn more about donating, visit our donation page.

Looking back to Fire Season 2018

From June 1-September 30, 2018 our Wildfire Map and its data was viewed 988,278 times for an average of 10 minutes by users in 12,480 cities and 155 countries. From those users, 28 percent were from Oregon, 23 percent were from Washington, and 11 percent were from California.

Of those users, 76 percent came from 2,547,622 impressions in Google's organic search results, and 16 percent came directly to us!

This summer, FWAC received 779 donations from the public, which totaled nearly $10,000. FWAC thanks these generous individuals who are helping us grow into a leading fire, weather, and avalanche information organization.

The backcountry isn't a place; it's a lifestyle!

Our Background

FWAC started in February 2017 as the basis for a platform to serve backcountry users—recreationists—and the public. We love, what we call "gettin' out", and wanted to share our awesome tools and services with everyone else. From mountain biking to hiking to snowmobiling; wildfires, weather, and snow (i.e.: avalanches) affect those activities in some way or another. FWAC develops proprietary, leading-edge products and services for our users and followers; they help those people with critical decisions for their daily lives and their backcountry adventures. Our team is comprised of several experts in recreation, weather, technology, and business management. FWAC excels at the leadership of these individuals.

Board of Directors

The FWAC Board of Directors is comprised of several individuals, who choose to remain anonymous, that work countless volunteer hours to build, develop, and manage the organization and its products and services. The Board is made up of individuals credentialed in meteorology, GIS, web/technology development, wildland firefighting, state highway maintenance. Various directors on the Board hold one or more of the following credentials/certifications:

Corporate Documents
FWAC Organizational Bylaws
Oregon Articles of Incorporation
IRS Tax Exemption ruling
FWAC Media Kit

Join the FWAC team

We primarily hire volunteer meteorologists (forecasters) to fulfill our backcountry forecasts and provide critical weather information to the public and a growing number of backcountry recreationists. As a regional organization, we can provide numerous opportunities for recently-graduated meteorlogists, or those who enjoy it as hobby. In the winter, our forecasts supplement avalanche forecasts and our SnøStorm Dashboards. During the summer, we use forecasts to enhance our wildfire map and backcountry recreation forecasts. However, we hire for internships, Board of Directors positions, and others throughout time.

Current Job Openings & Availablilites

There are currently no volunteer job openings. Check back later!

*We typically receive a high volume of applications, which may delay hiring in volunteer capacities

Of course, you're always welcome to send us your resume to have on file at info@fireweatheravalanche.org.