Wildfires are dangerous and prevalent. They are a realistic disaster scenario that you may encounter. Starting this coming week we will begin to cover wildfires. We will cover facts, preparedness, response, and recovery. There will be tips and tricks to help you survive. As a teaser, below is the description of what you may commonly see on the news. Understanding warnings and warning systems is crucial to survival.
Fire Weather Watch: Be Prepared: Know that upcoming weather conditions may result in either numerous fire starts or extreme fire behavior during ongoing fires. Fire Weather Watches alert wildland fire managers and the public to this threat. NWS issues a Fire Weather Watch in conjunction with land management agencies, when fire conditions may develop within the next 24 to 72 hours. In summary, Fire weather watch = dangerous fire weather conditions are possible over the next 12 to 72 hours
Red Flag Warning: Take Action: Be extremely careful with open flames. NWS issues a Red Flag Warning, in conjunction with land management agencies, to alert wildland fire managers and the public to imminent conditions that may result in either numerous fire starts or extreme fire behavior in current fires. NWS issues a Red Flag Warning when fire conditions are ongoing or expected to occur within the next 24 hours. In summary, a Red Flag Warning = dangerous fire conditions and behavior is imminent.