Grass Fires Cause Massive Destruction
Smoke plumes generated by fires, specifically field fires, can be monitored and mapped. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has devised a system of air sensors to map the wildfire smoke. This system utilizes satellite data and ground-based observations to generate a ‘Smoke Product’ that can assist fire managers in identifying potential hazards in the area.
Additionally, the EPA collaborates with the US Forest Service to provide hazard mapping for wildfire suppression. In addition to providing information about the air quality and health hazards associated with wildfire smoke, this product assists in identifying potential threats to people, property, and other resources in areas impacted by wildfires.
Current Wildfire Fire Maps illustrates the location, magnitude, and perimeter of active fires. In addition, it provides details about fire lookouts, inter-agency fire centers, aerial surveillance, and public hotlines. This product is beneficial for land managers because it allows them to assess potential forest fire threats in their region.
In addition, it is advantageous for the public to comprehend where grass fires may occur and how to remain safe during a wildfire event. Important resources such as inter-agency fire centers, which coordinate response activities across agencies, are also highlighted on the map.
What Rapidly Spreads Forest Fires?
Larger fuels, such as trees and dense brush, can rapidly spread forest fires, resulting in property damage and possible injuries. Sadly, this was the case in the recent vegetation fire that resulted in 32 reported injuries. According to the national meteorological service, strong winds contributed to the rapid spread of the fire.
Due to the low seasonal snow-pack, it is essential to be aware of local weather conditions and fuels that could aid in the rapid spread of a fire. Additionally, local hospitals are prepared for any medical requirements resulting from fires or other disasters.
Fire emergencies can be catastrophic, resulting in loss of life, destruction of property and natural resources, and disruption of daily activities. Cal Fire is the California state agency responsible for fire protection. Their fire units are trained to respond swiftly and effectively to any emergency situation, including wildfires and controlled burns.
Wildfires are a type of natural calamity that occur in regions where vegetation has become too dry or where trees have grown too close together. Without appropriate containment, they can spread rapidly and consume thousands of acres of land. It’s important to take fire prevention measures to stop fires before they begin. Contact us to learn more about our fire watch services.