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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Jackson KY
606 AM EDT Mon Oct 10 2016

...Fire Weather/Fire Prevention Awareness Week October 10th
through October 14...

This week, October 10th through 14th, is National Fire
Prevention Week. In conjunction with federal, state, and local
fire management agencies, the National Weather Service in Jackson
KY will participate by conducting a Fire Weather/Fire Prevention
Awareness Week.

During the week, different topics concerning fire weather and
fire prevention will be discussed, which will help educate and
increase the  awareness of fire weather and fire safety. The
topic today is general fire weather.

Weather is one of the most significant factors in determining
the potential and severity of wildfires. The spread rate and
intensity of fires are directly related to the wind speed,
temperature, and relative humidity. Also, climatic conditions,
such as long term drought, play a major role in the number and
intensity of wildfires.

Accurate and timely weather information is vital to the planning
and execution of wildfire suppression actions. A core mission of
the National Weather Service is to provide daily fire weather
forecasts to federal and state land management agencies. In
addition,specialized and detailed forecasts are provided, when
needed, to aid in managing wildfires and conducting prescribed

Unfortunately, the leading cause of wildfires in Kentucky is
arson. Statewide, nearly 63 percent of all wildfires are set
intentionally by arsonists. The thoughtless acts of arsonists not
only damage forests, watersheds, and wildlife habitat, but they
also pose a direct threat to you and your property.

Help fire and law enforcement authorities catch arsonists
by providing information. Simple tips often pay off during
an investigation. Call the target arson hotline at
1-800-27-arson, that is 1-800-272-7766.

The topic for Tuesday will be, understanding how weather
conditions affect fire behavior.


For additional fire weather information, please go to the
following website:


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