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Wildfire Terms to Know


• Surface Fire: fire that spreads via leaf litter and low-level vegetation, like bushes

• Crown Fire: fire that “crowns,” or spreads to the top branches of trees, and can spread at an incredible pace through the top of a forest

• Jumping Fire: burning branches and leaves carried by wind sometimes start distant fires; fire can “jump” over roads and rivers

• Fire Weather Alert: a watch issued by the U.S. National Weather Service to alert authorities that Red Flag conditions may develop

• Red Flag Warning: a warning issued by the U.S. National Weather Service to indicate that a fire would spread rapidly if it broke out due to low humidity, high winds, and low moisture.

To report a suspected wildfire, call 9-1-1 immediately. The Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services reminds everyone to have a family evacuation plan and a go kit ready for emergencies.


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