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Fire Weather at an Incident

October 21, 2020

Kari Fleegel, NOAA’s National Weather Service in Aberdeen, SD

Fire weather is a combination of conditions that set the stage for the rapid spread of wildfires. Join us to meet one of NOAA’s incident meteorologists who helps keep fire crews safe by enabling responders to plan operations around one of the most variable aspects of any incident — the weather. Kari is a National Weather Service forecaster who has been specially trained and certified to provide weather support at a fire location.

Resources to access at home:

» National Weather Service (NWS) Wildfire safety: This has safety and preparedness information.
» NWS wildfire safety tips video: This is a short, 1 1/2 minute video
» NWS Seasonal Safety Campaign (which includes a few wildfire safety infographics #1 and #2): Information on how to prepare for hazardous weather year-round
» web resource: Find information on preparing, staying safe, and returning home after the fire.
» Midwestern Regional Climate Center with some specialized information for wildfires in the Midwestern US
» Smokey Bear for Kids: Star with Smokey in a story, play a game to learn how to spot fire dangers while camping, and design a coloring page with Smokey.
» Smokey Bear for Educators: There are K-2 and middle school activities and materials.