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 7th through
the 13th. 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 suppressing wildfires and managing prescribed burns.
Unfortunately, the leading cause of wildfires in Kentucky is arson.
Statewide, more than 60 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
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.
For additional fire weather information, please
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