How Might a Scientist Investigate Annual Patterns of Fires?
ES0201  Live Moisture

Live moisture refers to the relative amount of water in plants. The higher the moisture content of plants, the less likely they will burn. Lower live moisture levels indicate dry plants that would burn more readily.

  !   Move your cursor over each site to see an enlarged view. Compare the color at each site with the legend to estimate the location's potential for wildfire.

USDA Forest Service, Wildland Fire Assessment System

Examine the values at each site and rate the risk of fire at each from 1 to 5 based on the live moisture level. Use a 1 to indicate low potential for a fire; use 5 to indicate a high potential for fire.

4. Record your fire potential rating for each site based on its live plant moisture level.


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