Incident meteorologists gather in Boise to prepare for wildfire season

  • Source: KTVB-TV NBC 7 Boise
  • Published: 03/16/2023 12:00 AM

As winter burns out - and Idaho starts to warm up - the state will soon be feeling the heat of wildfire season. Which is why incident meteorologists across the country are gathering in Boise this week to prepare for wildfire season. Incident meteorologists are specially trained with the National Weather Service to deploy on-site to wildfires across the country. They're able to provide forecasts and communicate with incident command teams to help keep firefighters and first responders safe. "Forecast accuracy can be the difference between life and death," Chris Waters, division chief of CAL FIRE said. During the week-long intensive training program, incident meteorologists are working with other agencies to perform exercises, including setting up Remote Automatic Weather Stations (RAWS), which can be put at wildfires to give continuous information.


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