The “Mesoscale Meteorology Effects on Fire Behavior” module reviews the development of thermally forced winds in complex terrain and explores how these winds combine with the effects of terrain to influence fire spread. Three-dimensional conceptual animations illustrate these effects through a 24-hr period, as members of the team working this theoretical fire describe different aspects of weather, fire behavior, and operational fire fighting decisions at specific times during this day. This module is part of the Advanced Fire Weather Forecasters Course.
At the end of this module you should be able to:
1. Describe the effects of thermally forced winds in complex terrain on fire behavior
2. Identify how suppression operations are related to fire and smoke conditions in complex terrain
fire behavior, mesoscale, valley wind, slope wind, smoke, inversion, diurnal changes, upslope, downslope, downvalley, upvalley
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