Lee Severe Watches & Warnings NOAA Weather Radio

Public Information Statement
Statement as of 5:05 am EDT on October 7, 2015

... Fire weather/fire prevention awareness week continues today...

we look at drought and its effects on wildfires... climatic
conditions... such as long term drought... play a major role in the
number and intensity of wildfires. The lack of rainfall... in
conjunction with very warm temperatures... allows the wildland
vegetation such as dead leaves... grass... trees and branches to
become unusually dry. The dry vegetation is very susceptible to the
potential for fire... especially when daytime relative humidities are
low and wind speeds are high. During the drought of 2007... over 3000
wildfires were reported in Tennessee... burning over 44000 acres.

It is important to be alert to the increased threat of wildfires
during drought conditions... especially those whose home is in a
forested area or those who plan on visiting area forests. The
following are some safety tips to help protect life and property
from wildfires:

1. Check with local... state or federal fire authorities to
   obtain current fire restriction information.

2. Clear campfire sites down to bare soil... Circle the fire pit
   with rocks... and build the campfire away from overhanging
   branches... dry grass... Pine Needles... logs and steep slopes.

3. Never leave a campfire unattended. When putting out a
   campfire... douse the fire thoroughly with water... stir the
   ashes... and douse it again. Keep a bucket of water and shovel

4. Homes near Forest areas should have trees and shrubs thinned
   at least 30 feet from buildings. Remove lower tree
   branches... especially those that may overhang the roof.

5. Rake and clear surface fuels... such as leaves... limbs and
   Pine Needles... away from homes in wooded areas. For detailed
   information on protecting your home from wildfires... visit
   the firewise website at www.Firewise.Org or www.Burnsafetn.Org.

The topic for Thursday will be... red flag warning - extreme fire
weather conditions.

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