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202 AM CDT Mon Oct 10 2016

...Fire weather/fire prevention awareness week October 10th through
October 14th...

In conjunction with federal and state land management agencies, the
National Weather Service is participating in the Fire weather/fire
prevention awareness week from October 10th through the 14th.

During this week, different topics concerning fire weather and
prevention will be discussed to educate and increase awareness of
fire weather and fire safety. The topic for Monday is general fire

Weather is a significant factor in determining the potential and
severity of wildfires. The spread rate and intensity of fires are
directly related to weather conditions. Also, climatic conditions,
such as drought, play an important role with wildfires.

Accurate and timely weather information is vital to controlling
wildfires. A core mission of the National Weather Service is to
provide daily weather forecasts to federal and state management
agencies. In addition, specialized and detailed forecasts are
provided, when needed, to aid in suppressing wildfires and managing
prescribed burns.

Humans cause 99 percent of wildfires in Tennessee. The leading cause
of wildfires in Tennessee is arson. Statewide approximately 45
percent of all wildfires are set intentionally by arsonists. The
thoughtless acts of arsonists not only damage forests, watersheds,
and wildlife habitat, 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. You may call the Arson Hotline at 1-800-762-3017.

During the week, a series of topics concerning fire weather and
prevention will be addressed. The topic for tomorrow will be,
understanding how weather conditions effects fire behavior.


For additional fire weather information, please go to the following


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