Elevated Fire Risk: No immediate relief in sight


Although we have specific fire watches and warnings that are issued on a daily basis, overall we can expect little change in our overall threat of fire during our spring dry spell. Once again there is another fire weather warning for today (April 15).

In a perfect world we have a winter snow pack that is in the melting process this time of year, releasing much needed moisture into the soil. On the good side, we are not dealing with flooding, which is common during our snow melt and April showers.

A major contributing factor in our fire danger is tall grass that did not get compacted during a heavy winter snow. This grass is standing up and it is dry as a bone. We now have to wait until we get that grass turns green. Another element in this fire equation is the wind. The wind does not only rob us of moisture but also aids in the transport of even the slightest spark.

On average, we see 2.31" of rain in April, about 1.15" by the middle of the month. Ironically we are above that as of the middle of April of this year, 1.82" to be exact. However, just like trying to lose those few extra pounds, it's a situation that didn't happen overnight. As you can see in the average monthly precipitation chart below, we have our wettest months ahead of us and therefore a little hope for some relief.

The Storm Prediction Center (SPC), the convective outlook severe weather folks, have a great page on elevated fire risks. Check it out SPC FIRE WEATHER

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