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Fire Weather Links  Weather is an important factor in proper prescribed burns  
Fire Weather Links
Weather is an important factor in proper prescribed burns.  National Weather Service offices issue fire weather forecasts to help producers.  Controlling the smoke dispersal is of particular interest, given air quality and safety concerns.  Two terms to look for in the forecast:  

Mixing Height: Represents the height at which smoke will lose its buoyancy and stop rising. Mixing heights are generally low early in the morning and higher in the afternoon.

    Smoke Dispersal: A numerical value relating the potential of the atmosphere to disperse airborne pollutants from a stationary source. It is calculated by multiplying the mixing height by the transport wind speed. Values are indicated with descriptors such as poor, good, very good, and excellent rather than numerical values.

Links to the National Weather Service Fire weather information:

Weather For Burning
  NWS Topeka Fire Weather

   NWS Wichita Fire Weather
   NWS Dodge City Fire Weather

   National Fire Weather Information  links to all the NWS fire forecasts

Explanation of products and terms:   NWS fwxproducts.pdf

Kansas Forest Service information on Prescribed Burning


For Additional Range Management Information
                                          see the K-State Range Management website


For information on Prescribed Burning, check these Extension Publications:

 Prescribed Burning Publications

    Prescribed burning planning and conducting L-664 (1996)


State Climatologist
1004 Throckmorton Hall
(785) 532-7019