Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Fire Season Facts and Stats

Weekly fire season statistics on ODF's Southwest Oregon District are posted online on a new website, SWO Fire Data. The "Fire Stats" tab links to a dropbox where files showing weekly fire activity (number of fire, acres burned, etc.) are posted. The "Pocket Card" tab is another drop box that has current information of value to firefighters. The pocket cards track vegetation dryness and illustrate how this contributes to the amount of energy a wildfire will release. A third tab, "Lightning Maps," goes to a dropbox where maps of lightning strikes are located. When a thunderstorm occurs in southwest Oregon, maps loaded into this dropbox will show where lightning strikes have been recorded.