Fire Weather/Fire Prevention Awareness Week Day 1

In conjunction with federal and state land
management agencies, the National
Weather Service in Jackson, Kentucky
is participating in the Fire Prevention
Awareness Week from October 5th through
the 11th. During the week, different topics
concerning fire weather and fire prevention
will be discussed, which will educate
and increase the awareness of fire weather
and fire safety.
 
The topic today is general fire weather.
 
Weather is one of the most significant factors in determining the 
potential and severity of wildfires. The spread rate and intensity 
of fires are directly related to the wind speed, temperature, and 
relative humidity. Also, climatic conditions, such as long term 
drought, play a major role in the number and intensity of wildfires.
 
Accurate and timely weather information is vital to the planning and 
execution of wildfire suppression actions. A core mission of the 
National Weather Service is to provide daily fire weather forecasts 
to federal and state land management agencies. In addition,  
specialized and detailed forecasts are provided, when needed, to 
aid in managing wildfires and conducting prescribed burns.
 
Unfortunately, the leading cause of wildfires in Kentucky is arson. 
Statewide, nearly 63 percent of all wildfires are set by arsonists.
The thoughtless acts of arsonists not only damage forests, watersheds, 
and wildlife habitat, but 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. Call the target arson hotline at 1-800-27-arson, 
that is 1-800-272-7766.
 
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 affect fire behavior. 
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For additional fire weather information, please
visit the following website: www.crh.noaa.gov/jkl/fire.php


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