COLORADO LIGHTNING SAFETY AND
WILDFIRE AWARENESS WEEK

Governor Hickenlooper has proclaimed this week (June 19-25) as COLORADO LIGHTNING Safety AND WILDFIRE Awareness WEEK for 2011. Lightning strikes the ground in our state over a half million times each year and with many of us participating in outdoor activities...we need to learn how to protect ourselves from lightning hazards.

Colorado has a significant number of homes within the wildland...urban interface. If you live in these areas realize that wildfires occur each year and there are things you can do to minimize the potential impact to your property. When weather conditions are conducive to a high wildfire danger The National Weather Service will issue fire weather watches or red flag warnings.   

During this week a series of statements will cover a variety of topics related to lightning and wildfires.

Monday.........................Lightning Overview for Colorado
Tuesday.......................The Science of Lightning
Wednesday.................Outdoor Lightning Safety
Thursday......................Indoor Lightning Safety
Friday............................Lightning Medical Issues For Survivors
Saturday.......................Lightning and Wildfires


There are several web sites that contain additional information. Information on national lightning safety week is available at:
http://www.lightningsafety.noaa.gov

Information on lightning statistics in Colorado is available at:

http://www.weather.gov/pueblo/ltg.php

 Information on wildfire mitigation strategies is available on the Colorado Division of Emergency Management website at:

http://dola.colorado.gov/dem/public_information/wildfire.htm

 


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