Los Padres National Forest Fuel Moisture Data 2018

October 2018 Live Fuel Moisture Data Report

 

Los Padres National Forest Fuel Moisture Sampling

There are 9 sites across the Los Padres NF where fire crews sample cuttings from the shrub species Chamise on a monthly basis. The forest follows a standard procedure for collecting, processing, and calculating the moisture retained in the plants within each of the sites. The processing includes obtaining weights of the cuttings before and after they are dried. The fuel moisture readings give fire managers information to more accurately predict fire hazard, potential fire behavior, and possible wildland fire effects across the forest. In turn, this information is used in determining fire suppression staffing levels, whether a certain site is in prescription for prescribed burning, and historical trends.

Changes in fuel moisture content are related to the physiological activity of the vegetation and this activity is greatly influenced by soil moisture and air temperature. Therefore, when precipitation is deficient, less new growth is produced and peak moisture in the living material can be less than during moist years.

The current and historical fuel moisture data and how our current readings relate to potential fire activity can be viewed on the Los Padres Communication Center’s website under “Fuel Moisture Chart”: https://gacc.nifc.gov/oscc/ecc/lpcc/intelligence.php

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