More on Fire WeatherFirefighter Math
Firefighter Math teaches calculations commonly made by firefighters in the field. Topics include tank volumes and flow rates, pump pressure and friction loss, maps and location coordinates, and slope, flame length, flame height, and mid-flame wind speed. The "Back to the Basics" section covers basic arithmetic operations, and sample problems are included throughout. The tutorial was originally developed by the USDA Forest Service Technology and Development Program and the Missoula Fire Sciences Laboratory.Wildfires and Fire Weather Basics
Check out NCAR/UCAR’s Wildfires and Fire Weather backgrounder for some fire basics.Wildland Fire News
The National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) also operates a website that offers current wildland fire information and prevention education.COMET Outreach Project
Dry lightning storms often initiate forest fires in areas such as Nevada. A recent collaboration between the University of Nevada and the Reno NWS Forecast Office developed a new forecast procedure that has resulted in capturing thunderstorm events that may have gone unnoticed in the past. For more information, check out their report.
This Partners Project teamed researchers at the University of North Carolina Charlotte with forecasters from the NWS forecast offices in Greer and Columbia, South Carolina and the Savannah River National Laboratory to improve forecasts of fire weather for the Carolinas. The main objective was to provide forecasters with high resolution WRF model simulations of important fire weather parameters such as mixing height, ventilation wind, and Haines Index. The methodology and results are documented in their final report, "Use and verification of high resolution weather research and forecast (WRF) model output as NWP guidance for fire weather prediction."
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