This past weekendthe southeastern United States experienced severe red flag weather conditions.  A red flag weather warning is typically issued by NOAA when the combination of low humidities and high winds combine to create conditions that are ideal for wildfire ignition and rapid spread.  During this high wildfire risk period two major conflagration events occured in Pigeon Forge, Tennesseeand Myrtle Beach South Carolina.
Although the above stories are tragic, there are a number of things you can do before a red flag warning event to limit your exposure to wildfire risk.  Becoming a recognized Firewise Communities/USA® site sets your community on a path to increased community resilience and survivability in the event of a wildfire.
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Image: More than 30 mountain cabins near the town of Pigeon Forge, Tennessee were destroyed this past weekend (source: CNN)
that conditions are ideal for wildland fire ignition, and rapid propagation.Read more here: http://www.myrtlebeachonline.com/2013/03/17/3386307/investigation-continues-into-myrtle.html#storylink=cpy