WxTalk Webinar #8


 



Webinar #8 - Thursday, July 19, 2012

Wind and Wildfire - A Dangerous Combination

Liz Page - UCAR/COMET, Boulder, Colorado

(biography)

Wildfire spread can be erratic and challenging to predict. Fire behavior is controlled by three components of the fire environment: weather, fuels, and topography. We will look how each of these components is inter-related when diagnosing fire behavior. Through examples of historic wildfires from locations across the country, we will explore what determines fire season and the critical fire weather patterns that contribute to extreme fire behavior.

We will also talk about the forecasters that provide weather information to the people fighting the fires. These Incident Meteorologists are highly trained and experienced forecasters who play a vital role in the decisions made to contain wildfires and protect people and property threatened by the fire.




View the Webinar by clicking here:
http://youtu.be/zKrr-Xw8pcg


Resources

COMET Fire Weather Topics Page
https://www.meted.ucar.edu/training_detail.php?orderBy=publishDateDesc&topic=6

NWS Fire Weather Site
http://radar.srh.noaa.gov/fire/

Current Wildfires from USDA Forest Service
http://activefiremaps.fs.fed.us/#

Historic Wildfires
http://www.wunderground.com/blog/weatherhistorian/comment.html?entrynum=30
http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0778688.html

Experts Explain How Waldo Canyon Fire Moved Downhill
http://denver.cbslocal.com/2012/07/09/experts-explain-how-waldo-canyon-fire-moved-downhill/

Fire Regions and Seasons
http://www.meted.ucar.edu/fire/s591/climatology/regions/index.htm

Firewise Communities
http://www.firewise.org/?sso=0