In the area you have selected (Whatcom) the wildfire hazard is classified as medium according to the information that is currently available to this tool. This means that there is between a 10% and 50% chance of experiencing weather that could support a hazardous wildfire that may poses some risk of life and property loss in any given year. Based on this information, the impact of wildfire should be considered in the project, in particular during design and construction. Project planning decisions, project design, construction methods and emergency response planning should take into account the level of wildfire hazard. Note that impacts on people and property can not only occur due to direct flame and radiation exposure but also due to ember storm and low-level surface fire. Further detailed information specific to the location and planned project should be obtained to adequately understand the level of hazard.
Climate change impacts: Modeled projections of future climate identify a likely increase in the frequency of fire weather occurrence in this region, including an increase in temperature and greater variance in rainfall. In areas already affected by wildfire hazard, the fire season is likely to increase in duration, and include a greater number of days with weather that could support fire spread because of longer periods without rain during fire seasons. Climate projections indicate that there could also be an increase in the severity of fire. It would be prudent to design projects in this area to be robust to increases in the severity and frequency of wildfire hazard. Areas of very low or low wildfire hazard could see an increase in hazard, as climate projections indicate an expansion of the wildfire hazard zone. Consider local studies on the impacts of climate change on wildfire trends, before deciding whether to design projects to withstand fire of greater intensity than those previously experienced in this region.
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