Fire Weather

A term used to describe atmospheric conditions that contribute to the ignition, spread, and intensity of wildfires. Key components of fire weather include temperature, humidity, wind speed and direction, and precipitation, which can significantly influence a fire’s behavior and the ability of firefighting crews to control and extinguish it. Extreme fire weather conditions, such as high temperatures, low humidity, and strong winds, can create a higher risk for rapid fire growth and erratic behavior, making wildfires more difficult to manage. In legal disputes related to wildfires, such as the Calf Canyon/Hermit’s Peak Fire, issues may arise concerning the role of fire weather in the development and severity of the fire, the preparedness and response of involved parties to extreme fire weather conditions, and the responsibility of various entities in mitigating the impact of fire weather on lives, property, and the environment.