How does weather influence wild land fires?
Weather is one of the most significant factors in determining the severity of wild land fires. The intensity of fires and the rate with which they spread is directly rated to the wind speed, temperature and relative humidity. Climatic conditions such as long term drought also play a major role in the number and intensity of wildfires. Accurate and timely weather information is vital to the planning and execution of strategies for suppressing wildfires. An accurate weather forecast can mean life or death to a fire fighter and is also critical in protecting forest and range lands as well as the increasing number of homes in the wild land urban interface.