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Weather is Affecting Firefighting

Winds are a big factor in fighting fires. They are both helpful and harmful.

Posted: Aug 19, 2018 6:34 PM

Selma, OR- Fire crews are constantly looking at the weather. Knowing the weather helps them plan for the day and also the next week.


Operation Section Chief Jonathan Glover says a couple days ago the fire made a run to the south and crossed the Illinois river road we were engaged and prepping the structures and valued at risk inside that area.


The fire's run to the south of the Illinois river road has grown 1200 acres and the wind was a big factor.


Information Officer for the Alaska Incident Management team Peter Frenzen says gusting winds which can obviously ventilate the fire and also cause fires to burn more rapidly.


Wind can be both helpful and hurtful when it comes to fighting fires. On the helpful side it’s better for human health and it also improves visibility for helicopters and air can tankers to be used.


Frezen says the other side of the coin is we get this stable atmosphere and we get inversions that cap the top of the fire and hold the smoke in over the fire and unfortunately over the valleys surrounding the fires.

More wind is expected Sunday night and crews are ready with a plan

Glover says what we've had the most success and is continuing to advance our depth with suppression efforts further along the road.

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