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dc.contributor.authorReid, Angela M.
dc.contributor.authorFuhlendorf, Samuel D.
dc.contributor.authorWeir, John R.
dc.date.accessioned2020-09-05T06:53:48Z
dc.date.available2020-09-05T06:53:48Z
dc.date.issued2010-09-01
dc.identifier.citationReid, A. M., Fuhlendorf, S. D., & Weir, J. R. (2010). Weather variables affecting Oklahoma wildfires. Rangeland Ecology & Management, 63(5), 599-603.
dc.identifier.issn0022-409X
dc.identifier.doi10.2111/REM-D-09-00132.1
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10150/642824
dc.description.abstractWildfires in the United States can be destructive to human life and property. The ability to predict fire danger helps reduce the risks associated with wildfires by keeping firefighters on high alert and allowing better preparedness. In the state of Oklahoma, fire is a common occurrence. By looking at past wildfire records and researching the weather conditions under which they burned, we were able to determine the most important weather conditions affecting wildfire size. We looked at 10 different weather variables and found that minimum relative humidity (r=0.98, P=0.001), maximum and average wind speed (r = 0.95, P = 0.003; r = 0.95, P = 0.004, respectively), and precipitation (r = 0.88, P = 0.02) were the most important factors relating to wildfire size. Temperature variables did not have significant relationships with wildfire size categories. Additionally, we found that most of the largest wildfires occurred in January and December. This information can be used to adjust and improve current wildfire danger models and predictive abilities. We define conditions under which firefighters should be on high alert with hopes of improving their ability to expediently manage rangeland wildfires. 
dc.language.isoen
dc.publisherSociety for Range Management
dc.relation.urlhttps://rangelands.org/
dc.rightsCopyright © Society for Range Management.
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dc.subjectclimatic conditions
dc.subjectfire size
dc.subjectprecipitation
dc.subjectrelative humidity
dc.subjecttemporal distribution
dc.subjectwind speed
dc.titleWeather Variables Affecting Oklahoma Wildfires
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dc.typeArticle
dc.identifier.journalRangeland Ecology & Management
dc.description.collectioninformationThe Rangeland Ecology & Management archives are made available by the Society for Range Management and the University of Arizona Libraries. Contact lbry-journals@email.arizona.edu for further information.
dc.eprint.versionFinal published version
dc.description.admin-noteMigrated from OJS platform August 2020
dc.source.volume63
dc.source.issue5
dc.source.beginpage599-603
refterms.dateFOA2020-09-05T06:53:48Z


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