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Fire Weather Terminology & Dangers

Wildfires can cause a great deal of destruction not only to forests and grasslands they may set ablaze, but also to property.  It’s important to be aware of a high fire danger by understanding the terminology and dangers associated with fire weather.

Smoke from wildfires can not only be hard on the atmosphere, but also on your lungs.  A smoke management forecast means that atmospheric conditions are prime for trapping fire particles in the lower levels of the atmosphere, usually dropping visibility and making it hard to breath.  It’s important to avoid any physical activity outdoors during this time.

Be sure to dispose of cigarette buds and to not grill or start campfires during a Fire Weather Watch.  Conditions are favorable for wildfires to start under this category.  It doesn’t take much to start a blaze in a dry environment.

A Red Flag Warning means that wildfires can start and spread rapidly.  Conditions are usually dry, warm, and windy, but dry lightning can also be a factor in fire ignition, especially with a relative humidity less than 25 percent.

Wildfires also have some pretty wild names, like the Dead Dog Fire in Colorado or the Hot Pot Fire in Nevada.  These fires are usually named from their origin, such as a town or trail-head.

For WeatherNation – Josh Cozart

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