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...Drought & Fire Weather...
Drought and wildfires seem to go hand in hand. Over the years, wildfires have claimed hundreds of thousands of acres across Texas, Oklahoma and portions of Louisiana and Arkansas. Maps depicting the present drought and seasonal Forecasts can be found at:
http://www.droughtmonitor.unl.edu/

A map and a listing of Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana and Oklahoma counties that have any burn 
bans in place can be accessed at:

http://www.srh.noaa.gov/shv/?n=drought

We should never let down our guard.  Wildfires can occur during any 
year, even wet ones.  And not all wildfires are the same.  As a matter of fact, 
the weather largely dictates fire behavior, controlling how quickly a fire 
spreads, how hot and how long the flames grow, and whether the fire is able to 
jump a road or other barrier.  Temperature, humidity and wind are the 
controlling parameters that affect fire Behavior.

In some cases National Weather Service forecasters are tasked with forecasting 
weather conditions near an ongoing wildfire.  These forecasts help firefighters 
develop a strategy to fight the fire with greater efficiency and safety.  A 
sudden shift in wind direction can put fire fighters in great danger, possibly 
blowing flames or suffocating smoke in their direction.  This type of 
forecasting has its own name: a fire weather forecast.  A local wildfire 
forecast is commonly called a spot forecast due to the small area of interest.

The National Weather Service in Shreveport produces a daily fire weather 
forecast. You can view this forecast at: http://www.srh.noaa.gov/shv/?n=firewx.

Also, the storm prediction center produces a national fire weather forecast for 
a two-day period. This information can be found on their home page at:

http://www.spc.noaa.gov/products/fire_wx/overview.html

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