How Wildfires Get Their Names

 

In general, naming rights go to the group that makes the “initial attack” on a fire, whether it’s a squadron of local firefighters or a team from the U.S. Forest Service. (In contrast, every tropical storm in the Atlantic gets its name from a single organization.) The commander on the scene often uses a nearby geographical feature to describe the fire, but he’s not bound by any official rules. He first suggests a name to the interagency fire dispatcher, who passes it along in fire reports, dispatches, and so on.

 

 

These are the active fires Tuesday May 3rd.  The big Texas fire is called the “Rock House Fire” after a landmark near Fort Davis. 

 

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