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Press Release 13-189

Scientists nearing forecasts of long-lived wildfires' paths

New computer modeling technique offers promise of continually updated predictions

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Forest burning because of a wild fire

Scientists have developed a new computer modeling technique to predict wildfires.

Credit: NASA


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Map showing  burned area in Little Bear Fire in N.M.

Researchers tested the model on the Little Bear Fire that burned for three weeks.

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Fire burning in a dry field

Interactions of weather conditions, such as drought and fire, are the heart of the new technique.

Credit: NOAA


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Fire burning in a protected area

Wildfire, weather and people: often an explosive combination with far-reaching effects.

Credit: NOAA


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Hillside grassfire in Rapid City, S.D., burned within 30 feet of a weather forecast office.

This hillside grassfire in Rapid City, S.D., burned within 30 feet of a weather forecast office.

Credit: NOAA


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Homes destroyed by fire near Valentine, Neb.

Homes were destroyed near Valentine, Neb., where a canyon wildfire moved toward the city.

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