Texas Wildfire Danger: Texas A&M Forest Service Monitors in Real-Time

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The potential of wildfire in Texas consists of a variety of factors, including weather, types of fuel, and topography to name a few. These risks are assessed daily by the Texas A&M Forest Service, which monitors in real-time the daily fire potential of any particular area.

With their tool called the Texas Fire Danger Map, they can map the current wildfire risk throughout Texas in real-time, displaying present as well as forecasted fire danger levels. Remote, automated weather stations provide the weather information for the system, and the National Fire Danger Rating System processor issues a fire danger rating for the various parts of the state. For a better understanding of these ratings, Texas A&M has provided a Fire Danger Fact Sheet (in PDF format) which describes the system and the recommended usages of the ratings.

Texas Wildfire Risk: Texas A&M Forest Service Monitors in Real-Time

Photo: Facebook/Wildfire Education & Prevention – Texas A&M Forest Service

Over the coming days and months, we’ll be observing more of that beautiful springtime weather we love, as opposed to the cold, hard winter we’ve experienced in parts of this state. With that comes the risk of potentially drier areas, storm fronts bringing lightning strikes, and any number of wildfire factors that could increase the danger. Ahead of this potential, there are a few short-term mitigation measures and evasive techniques you can employ.

  • Try to develop a temporary lawn space approximately 10 to 30 feet in width around your home.
  • Clear and eliminate debris from your roof and gutters.
  • To remove or lessen “fuel ladders,” trim any trees that are 8 -10 feet in height. If possible, thin them too, making a space of roughly 10 feet between their tops.
  • Minimize the number of shrubs that exist beneath trees.
  • Make sure your firewood is stacked uphill from the house, at a decent distance.
Texas Wildfire Risk: Texas A&M Forest Service Monitors in Real-Time
Photo: Facebook/Texas A&M Forest Service

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