Weather Stations May Save Firefighters’ Lives

Jul 11th @ 9:12 am in News by Scott Staley

Firefighters

(Montrose, CO)

The new unmanned weather stations being installed at the sites of wildfires, like the East Fork Fire that scorched 477-acres near Montrose, offers low risk and high yield of safety.  That’s the word from Fire Information Officer Rick Barton who says the information gleaned from the weather station displayed in real-time may make the difference between life and death for the men and women serving on the frontlines of Colorado wildland blazes.

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Sudden changes in humidity, shifts in wind direction; even dramatic microburst can be predicted with the new fire weather monitors, letting crew members know if they need to shift positions in a hurry.