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NOUS43 KJKL 131000

600 AM EDT THU OCT 13 2016

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

Fire Weather/Fire Prevention Awareness Week Continues today with
a look at Red Flag Warnings, an extreme fire weather condition.

In cooperation with federal and state land management agencies,
such as the Kentucky Division of Forestry, the Daniel Boone
National Forest, the Jefferson National Forest, the Big South Fork
National River and Recreation Area, and the Cumberland Gap National
Historical Park, the National Weather Service will issue Red Flag
Warnings to highlight extreme fire weather conditions when warranted.

Red flag warnings are issued whenever humidities are very low, 25
percent or lower, wind speeds are expected to be high, and
forest fuels, such as fallen leaves and brush, are dry. These
conditions combined together could result in extreme fire behavior
and rapid fire growth.

Thunderstorms with limited rainfall can also increase the threat for
wildfires. When forest fuels are dry, cloud to ground lightning can
ignite trees and brush to start forest fires. However, wildfires
caused by lightning are rare in the Appalachians and the Ohio
Valley. On average, less than one percent of all wildfires in
Kentucky are caused by lightning each year. However, in 2007, with a
drought and dry fuels in place, an inordinately high amount of
lighting fires were reported in Kentucky and nearby states.

It is important to be alert to the increased threat of wildfires
during Red Flag Warning conditions, especially those whose home is
in a forested area, or those planning on visiting forests. Keep in
touch with local, state, and federal fire or land management
agencies, as well as county officials about possible burning
restrictions and preparedness actions.

Also, stay abreast of the latest forecast from your National
Weather Service by listening to NOAA Weather Radio or visiting the
following website,, or listen to local radio and
TV stations.

The following are some debris burning safety tips to help protect
Life and property from wildfires:

1. Before burning, contact the Kentucky Division for Air
   Quality and the Kentucky Division for Waste Management
   along with county officials to inquire about any burn
   bans that may be in effect.

2. Become familiar with burning laws and regulations.
   Between February 15th and April 30th and between October
   1st and December 15th, Kentucky state law forbids burning
   within 150 feet of woodland or brush land, except between 6
   PM and 6 AM local time or if the ground is snow covered.

3. Before you burn, remember to clear the ground of flammable
   material at least 10 feet beyond the area to be burned.

4. Keep tools and water on hand while burning and never leave a
   fire unattended.

5. Pay attention to current and forecast weather conditions.

6. Stay with the fire until it is out.

The topic for Friday will be, the Spring and Fall Fire Weather


For additional fire weather information, please go to the following
Website: is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.