Since we are under a Red flag warning from this afternoon until late Saturday, it will come as no surprise to anyone that today and tomorrow are No Burn Days. Stay safe, everyone.
Red Flag Warning
URGENT - FIRE WEATHER MESSAGE National Weather Service Medford OR 222 PM PDT Thu May 13 2021 ...Scattered thunderstorms on unseasonably dry fuels Friday afternoon and evening... .A low pressure system will bring scattered thunderstorms to the areas east of the Cascades and over northern California Friday afternoon and evening. The combination of abundant lightning and fuel conditions that are two to three weeks ahead of normal dryness will make for increased threat of new fire starts. CAZ281-282-284-285-ORZ624-141200- /O.NEW.KMFR.FW.W.0001.210514T2100Z-210515T0600Z/ Central Siskiyou County Including Shasta Valley-Shasta- Trinity National Forest in Siskiyou County- Siskiyou County from the Cascade Mountains East and South to Mt Shasta-Modoc County Except for the Surprise Valley- Klamath Basin and the Fremont-Winema National Forest- 222 PM PDT Thu May 13 2021 ...RED FLAG WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 2 PM TO 11 PM PDT FRIDAY FOR ABUNDANT LIGHTNING ON DRY FUELS FOR FIRE WEATHER ZONES 281...282... 284...285 AND 624... The National Weather Service in Medford has issued a Red Flag Warning...which is in effect from 2 PM to 11 PM PDT Friday. * Impacts: Lightning and moderate to high fire danger will likely result in new fire starts. Gusty thunderstorm winds could contribute to fire spread. Despite rainfall, initial attack resources could be overwhelmed and holdover fires are possible. * Affected area: In Northern CA Fire Zones...281...282...284...285 which includes most of central and eastern Siskiyou County and the northwest portion of Modoc County. In South Central OR Fire Zone....624 which includes the majority of Klamath County and the western fringes of Lake County. * Wind: Northwest 5 to 10 mph except erratic wind gusts to 40 mph near any thunderstorms. * Thunderstorms: Isolated to scattered. * Rainfall: Storms will produce some rainfall, but wetting rains are not expected. * View the hazard area in detail at: https://www.wrh.noaa.gov/mfr/HAZARD Precautionary/preparedness actions... A Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now, or will shortly. Scattered thunderstorms combined with dry fuels create conditions where many fire starts may occur in a short period of time.
THUNDERSTORM OUTLOOK: We’re going to be seeing increased chances for thunderstorms into Friday night and Saturday. We’re going to see a low pressure system move into the Northstate, combined with south winds that are helping to pump in low level moisture and warm surface temperatures to create lift, the likelihood of some convective storms looks good. The main concern is going to be lightning and very little rain associated with these storms.https://krcrtv.com/weather
Survey found with story at Weatherwest.com. Much of California is catastrophically dry and what isn’t will be soon enough. Brace yourselves for a long summer.
Here are several fire-resistant landscaping references. You may also do an internet search for other sources of information.http://www.firefree.org/…/02/Fire-Resistant-Plants.pdfhttp://www.bewaterwise.com/Gardensoft/tips_06.htmlFor more information on fire-resistant landscaping:https://www.readyforwildfire.org/…/fire-resistant…/En español: https://www.readyforwildfire.org/…/calfire_ready_es…https://ucanr.edu/…/Friendly…/Wildfire_Safety_Resources/For other Disaster and Emergency Information:211 Disaster/Emergency Info: https://211norcal.org/siskiyou/COVID-19: https://www.co.siskiyou.ca.us/…/coronavirus-covid-19…
The Energy Release Component (ERC) is an NFDRS (National Fire Danger Rating System) index related to how hot a fire could burn. It is directly related to the 24-hour, potential worst case, total available energy (BTUs) per unit area (in square feet) within the flaming front at the head of a fire.
The ERC can serve as a good characterization of fire season as it tracks seasonal fire danger trends well. The ERC is a function of the fuel model and live and dead fuel moistures. Fuel loading, woody fuel moistures, and larger fuel moistures all have an influence on the ERC, while the lighter fuels have less influence and wind speed has none. ERC has low variability, and is the best fire danger component for indicating the effects of intermediate to long-term drying on fire behavior (if it is a significant factor) although it is not intended for use as a drought index.