NOAA WARNS NEW YEAR WILL BRING SERIOUS THREAT OF WILDFIRES
December 30, 2005 — Wildfires will likely continue to char the landscape of the southern Plains into the start of the New Year as NOAA predicts unseasonably warm temperatures, low humidity and increasing winds in combination with drought-stricken land.
“This is a potentially very dangerous situation,” said Phillip Bothwell, fire weather focal point for the NOAA Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla. “With this very high fire danger, public officials have advised that New Year celebrations continue without fireworks. Also, cigarettes must be properly extinguished and local burn bans need to be honored. All are worthy sacrifices given the potential loss for life and property.”
Factors fueling these winter fires include:
Residents of the southern Plains are urged to stay up-to-date on this elevated fire weather situation through forecasts and special statements from NOAA National Weather Service forecast offices and the two-day fire outlooks from the NOAA Storm Prediction Center.
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