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413 AM CDT Tue Oct 11 2016


Fire weather/fire prevention awareness week continues today with
a closer look at how weather conditions effects fire behavior.

As was stated yesterday, 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 the fire upwind while lower
humidities will dry out vegetation, such as leaves and branches,
faster, making wildfires harder to contain.

Forecasting changes in wind direction is 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 harms way.

Precipitation amounts and duration are very important in determining
the day`s fire potential. Rain and snow will wet down area
vegetation, making fire ignition and burning more difficult, while
making the containment of wildfires easier.

Residents whose homes are in forested areas, or those who plan on
visiting area forests, should keep abreast of the latest forecast
from your National Weather Service. Keep in touch with local land
management agencies about possible burn bans and preparedness
actions, especially during prolonged dry conditions.

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

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

Remember, smoky bear needs your help to spread the word that, only
you can prevent wildfires.

The next topic, during the fire weather/fire prevention week, will be
drought and its effects on wildfires.

For additional fire weather information, please go to the following

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