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 6th through
the 12th. 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.
Fire Weather/Fire Prevention Awareness Week
continues today with a look at Red Flag Warning-
an extreme fire weather condition.
In cooperation with federal and state land management agencies,
such as the Kentucky Division of Forestry, the Daniel Boone
National Forest, the Jefferson National Forest, the Big South Fork
National River and Recreation Area, and the Cumberland Gap National
Historical Park, the National Weather Service will issue Red Flag
Warnings to highlight extreme fire weather conditions when warranted.
Red Flag Warnings are issued whenever humidities are very low, 25
percent or lower, wind speeds are expected to be high, and forest
fuels, such as fallen leaves and brush, are dry. These conditions
combined together could result in extreme fire behavior and rapid fire
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. However, wildfires
caused by lightning are rare in the Appalachians and the Ohio
Valley. On average, less than one percent of all wildfires in
Kentucky are caused by lightning each year. However, in 2007, with
a drought and dry fuel in place, an inordinately high number of
lightning fires were reported in Kentucky and nearby states.
It is important to be alert to the increased threat of wildfires
during Red Flag Warning conditions, especially for those whose
home is in a forested area, or those planning on visiting forests.
Keep in touch with local, state and federal fire or land management
agencies, as well as county officials about possible burning restrictions
and preparedness actions.
Also, stay abreast of the latest forecast from your National
Weather Service by listening to NOAA Weather Radio or visiting the
local radio and TV stations.
The following are some debris burning safety tips to help protect
life and property from wildfires:
1. Before burning, contact the Kentucky Division for Air
Quality and the Kentucky Division for Waste Management
along with county officials to inquire about any burn
bans that may be in effect.
2. Become familiar with burning laws and regulations.
Between February 15th and April 30th and between October
1st and December 15th, Kentucky state law forbids burning
within 150 feet of woodland or brush land, except between 6
PM and 6 AM local time or if the ground is snow covered.
3. Before you burn, remember to clear the ground of flammable
material to at least 10 feet beyond the area to be burned.
4. Keep tools and water on hand while burning and never leave a
5. Pay attention to current and forecast weather conditions.
6. Stay with the fire until it is out.
The topic for Friday will be, a look at the Fall and Spring Fire
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