Wednesday, July 15, 2015

When Large Fires Make Their Own Weather

Firenado - Chillicothe, MO May, 2014. Photo:Janae Copelin
Wildfires are forces of nature...sometimes creating their own weather, making them unpredictable and dangerous for firefighters working the fires. A wildfire generates its own wind as it grows in size and burns more biomass (plants and trees). Huge quantities of air are needed to support the chemical reaction, according to Bret Butler, research mechanical engineer at the U.S. Forest Service's Rocky Mountain Research Station in Missoula, Montana.  Read the full article here 

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