Snow May Decrease Chances of Wildfires

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The Channing Fire that broke out on Saturday, Feb. 16, brought up concerns for first responders.

With the decrease in temperatures and possible snow in the forecast, there is hope of much-needed moisture in the panhandle.

According to Steven Denny, Public Information Officer for Potter County Fire Rescue, the fire in Channing burnt around 7,500 acres.

“Several different agencies from the area responded to it,” Denny said. “Potter County sent two fire trucks and five firefighters to help out.”

The three components needed to start a fire are fuel, oxygen and heat. First responders said they are hoping for cooler temperatures to hopefully help extinguish those components.

“If you did have some chains or a blown tire or rim hitting the ground or things like that, cigarettes thrown out, all of those things would be extinguished in the snow and so that’s going to be helpful,” Denny stated. 

KAMR Local 4 News’ Meteorologist Britney Trumpy, explained the science behind the fires and how snow can reduce them.

“When we talk about snow it’s not as much actual water content for every inch of snow it’s about a tenth of an inch of water,” Trumpy stated. “But at this point, we’re so dry any moisture is a God sent and we will take it. That also helps to weigh down some of those grasses. If we continue to see cold temperatures that snow sticks around longer and that creates more moisture.”

Denny said that it is important to remember that with snow and ice comes another hazard and asks that people drive safely and cautiously.

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