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601 AM CDT Thu Oct 13 2016

...Fire Weather/Fire Prevention Awareness Week Continues...

Fire weather/fire prevention awareness week continues today with
a look at red flag warning - extreme fire weather conditions.

In cooperation with federal and state land management agencies, such
as the Tennessee Department of Forestry, Cherokee National Forest
and Great Smoky Mountain National Park, the National Weather Service
will issue a red flag warning to highlight extreme fire weather

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

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.

It is important to be alert to the increased threat of wildfires
during red flag warning conditions, especially those whose homes are
in forested areas, or those planning on visiting area forests. Keep
in touch with local land management agencies about possible burn
bans and preparedness actions. Also, stay abreast of the latest
forecast from your National Weather Service by listening to your
noaa weather radio or your favorite radio and tv stations.

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

1. Before burning, always contact your local state fire authorities.

2. Become familiar with burning laws and regulations. A state issued
burning permit is required from October 15th through May 15th.

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

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

The last topic during the fire weather/fire prevention week will
look at our spring and fall fire weather seasons.

For additional fire weather information, please go to the following


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