SEPT 30 - OCT 4 IS FIRE PREVENTION WEEK IN MIDDLE TENNESSEE

FIRE WEATHER/FIRE PREVENTION AWARENESS WEEK SEPTEMBER 30TH THROUGH
OCTOBER 4TH...

THIS WEEK...SEPTEMBER 30TH THROUGH OCTOBER 4TH...IS FIRE PREVENTION
WEEK IN MIDDLE TENNESSEE. IN CONJUNCTION WITH FEDERAL AND STATE LAND
MANAGEMENT AGENCIES...THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN NASHVILLE IS
PARTICIPATING IN THE FIRE WEATHER/FIRE PREVENTION AWARENESS WEEK.

DURING THE WEEK...DIFFERENT TOPICS CONCERNING FIRE WEATHER AND
PREVENTION WILL BE DISCUSSED TO EDUCATE THE PUBLIC AND INCREASE  
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 IS DIRECTLY RELATED TO 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 SUPPRESSING WILDFIRES. 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...A LEADING CAUSE OF WILDFIRES IN TENNESSEE IS ARSON.
NEARLY HALF OF ALL WILDFIRES STATEWIDE ARE SET INTENTIONALLY BY
ARSONISTS. THE THOUGHTLESS ACTS OF ARSONISTS NOT ONLY DAMAGE
FORESTS...WATERSHEDS...AND WILDLIFE HABITATS...BUT THEY ALSO POSE A
DIRECT THREAT TO YOU AND YOUR PROPERTY. HELP FIRE AND LAW
ENFORCEMENT AUTHORITIES CATCH ARSONISTS BY PROVIDING INFORMATION.
SIMPLE TIPS OFTEN PAY OFF DURING AN INVESTIGATION. CALL THE ARSON
HOTLINE AT 1 800...7 6 2 3 0 1 7.

DURING THE WEEK...A SERIES OF TOPICS CONCERNING FIRE WEATHER AND
PREVENTION WILL BE ADDRESSED. THE TOPIC FOR TUESDAY WILL
BE...UNDERSTANDING HOW WEATHER CONDITIONS AFFECT FIRE BEHAVIOR.

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FOR ADDITIONAL FIRE WEATHER INFORMATION...PLEASE GO TO THE FOLLOWING
WEBSITE: WWW.SRH.NOAA.GOV/OHX  AND THEN SELECT THE FIRE WEATHER LINK.

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