Welcome to WSU Garfield County Extension!
Washington State University Garfield County Extension connects the people of Garfield County to the research and knowledge bases of the state’s land grand research university providing solutions to local problems and stimulating local economies. Our county-based educators work with partners in your communities to provide educational programs and leverage the broad resources of a major university to resolve issues and create a positive future for the residents of Garfield County.
WILD FIRE OUTLOOK – LIVING WITH FIRE
The monthly NIFC Wildland Fire Potential Outlook was published on August 1 (attached below). It is still predicting above-normal significant wildfire potential for our area through September.
Factors contributing to the increased potential include a predicted dry-lightening pattern developing combined with warmer and drier than average weather conditions. There are also indications of a transition from ENSO-neutral conditions to a weak La Nina which is correlated with above normal fire potential. The report also notes a trend in lower overnight humidity than normal which is contributing to fuel drying.
Also attached below is “Living with Fire” which is a well-organized publication explaining the steps you can take to reduce the risk of wildfire loss to your home and property.
William A. Warren, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Extension Educator
Land Based Economic Development and Land Stewardship
Living with Fire
NIFC August 1 2020 Wildfire Outlook