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    Got a kiddo interested in wildland fires or fire science? Thought I'd share this . . .

    Check out https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/ to see all active large fires in the USA. When you click on each shield you can follow prompts to the incident and find out what is happening, how many resources and what kind, what type of "fuel" is burning etc, at any given fire.
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    I see you're in NM - are you currently affected by all the fires? We are in CO and currently smelling all that smoke. We've survived some close calls in the past years where we would frequently check the Inciweb site.

    I'm new to homeschooling aka haven't started yet but my 5 yr old wants to be a wildland forest firefighter as of now and it would make such a cool "unit study". There are several great children's books about smokejumpers now, and they have to know fire science, terrain/topography, they frequently interact with scared animals, they must maintain healthy diets and be physically fit, and they actually do a lot of sewing!

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    I saw my CalFire is now attached to Inciweb. (The CalFire app gives alerts, but so does our county emergency services - makes me so angry about northern california not sending out the alarm! Reverse 911 calls save lives! Nobody shouldve died in those fires!) At any rate, you can set it to get alerts when something happens, so you can follow along. Im sure other fire agencies have similar apps.
    When we had our last fire (about 5 miles away! yikes!), I was religiously watching the relevant calfire twitter feed, too. They posted links to their 2x daily reports.
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    Quote Originally Posted by asclute View Post
    I see you're in NM - are you currently affected by all the fires? We are in CO and currently smelling all that smoke.
    It was really smokey here for awhile, but it has passed. Blue skies again.

    I do remember the AZ fires, about 6 years ago (?). NM had been smokey from those fires and it finally cleared a little, so we rushed to the park to play. We are in central NM. Suddenly smoke descended on us and it started raining ash, visibility dropped to 30 feet! It was crazy! Interesting how weather and wind patterns work.
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    Wildland fire / fire science
    It sure does change quickly.... or clear up.
    Our normal breeze is West (Ocean) to East (Mountains and desert).
    Fires come with Santa Ana winds (East to west).
    Last dec 7, this was the view looking westward from near my home:
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    The next day I thought to go up to the hill to get a good view of how things looked. Wind had switched to normal, blew everything away.
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    Schools close for the week when there is a nearby fire, so it was crowded at the viewpoint!
    (San Clemente and Catalina Islands are visible, which is pretty rare...)
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    Seems like you could make an interesting Brave Writer type project with this NY Times article. Study geography, create a map, and come up with new names for wildfires (or names for imaginary fires) based on your studies.
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