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Issued by NWS Jackson, KY

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE JACKSON KY
536 AM EDT WED OCT 8 2014

...FIRE WEATHER/FIRE PREVENTION AWARENESS WEEK CONTINUES TODAY WITH
A LOOK AT DROUGHT AND ITS EFFECTS ON WILDFIRES...

CLIMATIC CONDITIONS...SUCH AS LONG TERM DROUGHT...PLAY A MAJOR ROLE
IN THE NUMBER AND INTENSITY OF WILDFIRES. THE LACK OF RAINFALL...IN
CONJUNCTION WITH VERY WARM TEMPERATURES...ALLOWS WILDLAND
VEGETATION...SUCH AS DEAD LEAVES...TREES AND BRANCHES...TO BECOME
UNUSUALLY DRY. THE DRY VEGETATION IS VERY SUSCEPTIBLE TO THE
POTENTIAL FOR FIRE...ESPECIALLY WHEN DAYTIME RELATIVE HUMIDITIES ARE
LOW AND WIND SPEEDS ARE HIGH.

THE FALL OF 2010 WAS DRIER THAN NORMAL ACROSS MUCH OF THE REGION....
THOUGH DROUGHT CONDITIONS WERE MUCH WORSE IN CENTRAL AND WESTERN KY
WHERE LARGE PORTIONS OF THOSE REGIONS OF THE STATE WERE IN A
MODERATE TO SEVERE DROUGHT FOR SEVERAL WEEKS. DURING 2010...1,830
WILDFIRES WERE REPORTED ACROSS THE COMMONWEALTH WITH 54,593 ACRES
BURNED...OR THE HIGHEST NUMBER OF ACRES BURNED TOTAL SINCE 2001.

SEVERAL MONTHS OF ABOVE NORMAL RAINFALL ACROSS MUCH OF EASTERN
KENTUCKY DURING 2014 HAS LED TO NORMAL TO ABOVE NORMAL RAINFALL IN
MANY LOCATIONS. PARTS OF THE KENTUCKY...LICKING AND BIG SANDY
VALLEYS HAVE RECEIVED RAINFALL OF EIGHT OR MORE INCHES ABOVE NORMAL.
HOWEVER...RAINFALL HAS BEEN THREE TO SIX INCHES BELOW NORMAL IN
LOCATIONS ALONG THE VA AND TN BORDERS FROM HARLAN COUNTY SOUTH TO
BELL COUNTY AND WEST TO WAYNE COUNTY.

CURRENT TRENDS AND LONG RANGE OUTLOOKS INDICATE THAT TEMPERATURES
SHOULD AVERAGE ABOVE NORMAL FOR THE REMAINDER OF OCTOBER WITH EQUAL
CHANCES OF ABOVE NORMAL...NORMAL...OR BELOW NORMAL PRECIPITATION.
THE LONG RANGE OUTLOOK FOR THE THREE MONTH OCTOBER THROUGH DECEMBER
2014 PERIOD...ISSUED BY THE CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER...INDICATES
THAT ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES AND EQUAL CHANCES FOR ABOVE
NORMAL...NORMAL...AND BELOW NORMAL PRECIPITATION ARE ANTICIPATED
ACROSS EASTERN KENTUCKY.

SINCE THE LONG RANGE FORECAST INDICATES THAT NORMAL OR BELOW NORMAL
PRECIPITATION COULD OCCUR DURING THE FALL FIRE WEATHER SEASON...IT
IS IMPORTANT TO BE ALERT TO THE INCREASED THREAT OF WILDFIRES DURING
DROUGHT CONDITIONS AND SHORT-LIVED DRY PERIODS...ESPECIALLY FOR THOSE
WHOSE HOMES ARE IN FORESTED AREAS...OR THOSE WHO PLAN TO VISIT AREA
FORESTS.

THE FOLLOWING ARE SOME SAFETY TIPS TO HELP PROTECT LIFE AND PROPERTY
FROM WILDFIRES.

1. CHECK WITH YOUR LOCAL COUNTY JUDGE EXECUTIVE/S OFFICE OR
   LOCAL...STATE OR FEDERAL FIRE AUTHORITIES TO OBTAIN CURRENT FIRE
   RESTRICTION INFORMATION.

2. CLEAR CAMPFIRE SITES DOWN TO BARE SOIL. CIRCLE THE FIRE PIT WITH
   ROCKS...AND BUILD THE CAMPFIRE AWAY FROM OVERHANGING BRANCHES...
   DRY GRASS OR LEAVES...PINE NEEDLES...LOGS AND STEEP SLOPES.

3. NEVER LEAVE A CAMP FIRE UNATTENDED. WHEN PUTTING OUT A
   CAMPFIRE...DOUSE THE FIRE THOROUGHLY WITH WATER...STIR THE
   ASHES AND DOUSE IT AGAIN. KEEP A BUCKET AND SHOVEL NEARBY.

4. HOMES NEAR FOREST AREAS SHOULD HAVE TREES AND SHRUBS THINNED AT
   LEAST 30 FEET FROM BUILDINGS. REMOVE LOWER TREE BRANCHES...
   ESPECIALLY THOSE THAT MAY OVERHANG THE ROOF.

5. RAKE AND CLEAR SURFACE FUELS...SUCH AS LEAVES...LIMBS AND PINE
   NEEDLES...AWAY FROM HOMES IN WOODED AREAS. FOR DETAILED
   INFORMATION ON PROTECTING YOUR HOME FROM WILDFIRES...VISIT THE
   FIREWISE WEBSITE AT WWW.FIREWISE.ORG OR
   HTTP://FORESTRY.KY.GOV/WILDLANDFIREMANAGEMENT (ALL LOWER CASE).

THE TOPIC FOR THURSDAY WILL BE...RED FLAG WARNINGS...EXTREME FIRE
WEATHER CONDITIONS.

&&

FOR ADDITIONAL FIRE WEATHER INFORMATION...PLEASE GO TO THE FOLLOWING
WEBSITE: WWW.CRH.NOAA.GOV/JKL/FIRE.PHP (ALL LOWER CASE).

$$

GEOGERIAN






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