Public Information Statement
Issued by NWS Jackson, KY

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE JACKSON KY
702 AM EDT TUE OCT 7 2014

...FIRE WEATHER/FIRE PREVENTION AWARENESS WEEK CONTINUES TODAY WITH
A LOOK AT HOW WEATHER CONDITIONS AFFECT FIRE BEHAVIOR...

WEATHER IS ONE OF THE MOST SIGNIFICANT FACTORS IN DETERMINING THE
SPREAD RATE AND INTENSITY OF FIRES. TWO OF THE MOST IMPORTANT
WEATHER PARAMETERS ARE WIND SPEED AND RELATIVE HUMIDITY. IN
GENERAL...THE HIGHER THE WIND SPEED AND LOWER THE RELATIVE
HUMIDITY...THE GREATER THE POTENTIAL AND INTENSITY OF FIRES.
WINDY CONDITIONS WILL HELP IN SPREADING A FIRE...WHILE LOWER
HUMIDITIES WILL QUICKLY DRY OUT VEGETATION...MAKING WILDFIRE
IGNITION MORE PROBABLE AND ANY RESULTING WILDFIRES HARDER TO
CONTAIN.

FORECASTING CHANGES IN WIND DIRECTION ARE ALSO VERY IMPORTANT TO
FIGHTING WILDFIRES. A CHANGE IN WIND DIRECTION WILL MAKE THE FIRE
SPREAD IN A DIFFERENT DIRECTION...WHICH COULD PLACE LIFE AND
PROPERTY IN HARM/S WAY. PRECIPITATION AMOUNTS AND DURATION ARE VERY
IMPORTANT IN DETERMINING THE DAY/S FIRE POTENTIAL. MOISTURE IN THE
FORM OF RAIN OR SNOW MAKES VEGETATION MUCH LESS LIKELY TO IGNITE AND
BURN...WHILE MAKING THE CONTROL OF WILDFIRES EASIER.

RESIDENTS WHOSE HOMES ARE IN FORESTED AREAS...OR THOSE WHO PLAN ON
VISITING FORESTS...SHOULD KEEP ABREAST OF THE LATEST FORECAST FROM
YOUR LOCAL NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE. KEEP IN TOUCH WITH LOCAL
LAND MANAGEMENT AGENCIES AND COUNTY OFFICIALS ABOUT POSSIBLE BURN
BANS OR RESTRICTIONS AND PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...ESPECIALLY DURING
PROLONGED DRY CONDITIONS. TO OBTAIN FIREWISE AND BURNING RESTRICTION
INFORMATION GO TO THE KENTUCKY DIVISION OF FORESTRY FIREWISE AND
COUNTY BURN BAN PAGES BY GOING TO THE FOLLOWING WEBSITES:

HTTP://FORESTRY.KY.GOV/WILDLANDFIREMANAGEMENT (ALL LOWER CASE)

OR CONTACT YOUR LOCAL KENTUCKY DIVISION OF FORESTRY REGIONAL OFFICE
OR COUNTY JUDGE EXECUTIVE/S OFFICE.

CHILDREN CAN ALSO PLAY A MAJOR ROLE IN PREVENTING FIRES BY
REMEMBERING THE FOLLOWING SAFETY TIPS:

1. NEVER PLAY WITH MATCHES...LIGHTERS...FLAMMABLE LIQUIDS OR ANY
   FIRE!

2. TELL YOUR FRIENDS ABOUT FIRE PREVENTION.

3. TELL AN ADULT RIGHT AWAY IF YOU SEE SMOKE...FIND MATCHES...
   OR SEE SOMEONE PLAYING WITH MATCHES.

4. STAY CALM DURING AN EMERGENCY AND LISTEN TO INSTRUCTIONS FROM AN
   ADULT. REMEMBER...SMOKEY BEAR NEEDS YOUR HELP TO SPREAD THE
   WORD THAT...ONLY YOU CAN PREVENT FOREST FIRES.

THE NEXT TOPIC FOR WEDNESDAY WILL BE...DROUGHT AND ITS EFFECTS ON
WILDFIRES.

&&

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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