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UNIT VIII--KEEPING CURRENT WITH THE WEATHER This unit is on keeping current with the weather. After you have read the instructions to students on page 1 of your workbook, please read and study the unit objectives on page 2. When you have finished, return to the text. Because fire behavior processes are so dependent on elements of weather, this course puts strong emphasis on weather and its changeability. Fire managers recognize this fact and have grown very dependent on weather forecasts and other means of keeping current with the elements of weather and fire danger. Fire management organizations have special needs for weather forecasting services. Under item A, list the following: Planning daily fire management activities, planning effective control actions on fires, and determining potential hazards due to fire. These will be discussed in more detail later. As a result of these needs, special forecasting services have long been tailored for use by resource management agencies. Fire weather offices of the National Weather Service usually have responsibility for, and provide, these forecasting services. Types of forecasts prepared are general fire weather forecasts, red flag warnings, smoke management forecasts, spot weather forecasts, and mobile weather unit forecasts. In certain portions of the United States, some of these forecasting services are provided by other Federal or state offices. However, the forecasts are very similar. This unit will discuss the usual types of forecasts and forecasting services available to resource managers and fire managers. Now, please do question 1; then return to the text. If your answers to items 2 and 4 are yes, then you are already familiar with special forecasting services and will have little trouble with this unit. If your answers are no, you should check on local services for your area. Figure 1 on page 4 illustrates fire weather districts and district offices of the National Weather Service. Note that the district boundaries do not always follow state boundaries. Also note the legend in the lower right-hand side of the chart, and the symbols for the various services. Most weather districts in the West have mobile unit services at their locations. These mobile units are available for dispatch to any requesting agency within their districts and can go outside of their boundaries if necessary. We will discuss the special services of the mobile units in more detail later in-this unit. Now go to page 5. We will first discuss those forecasts that are provided on a regular basis to agencies during designated times of the year, such as the normal fire season months. Here are three forecasts that fit into that category. Under item B, list number 1 as general fire weather. The purpose of this forecast is for planning daily fire management activities, including daily
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This note was uploaded on 03/01/2012 for the course WILD 4520 taught by Professor Michealjenkins during the Spring '04 term at Utah State University.

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