How likely is a home to burn in wildfire? New scale rates the risk

Below are excerpts from Rob Chaney’s article in today’s Missoulian: It’s common to assume the walls of flame under a towering smoke column pose the biggest threat in a wildfire, said Jack Cohen, a scientist at the Rocky Mountain Research Station in Missoula. That’s true for people, but not for houses. “The same heat radiation …

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USFS Fire Lab and Wuerthner: Wind Drives All Large Blazes

Below are excerpts from a couple of articles about the fact that wind and weather conditions drive all large wildfires. From the Missoulian: Larry Bradshaw was riding his motorcycle down U.S. Highway 12 on Monday afternoon when he noted the building smoke and stiffening winds. It was an acute observation for a meteorologist who has …

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