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Predicting wildfire behavior with fuel moisture

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Madelyn Beck
Mountain West News Bureau
Taylor Zarifis plucks live leaves off of sagebrush to demonstrate how to collect samples to measure fuel moisture levels.

The world of wildland firefighting has a lot of wonky lingo, but one key phrase is "fuel moisture" - and no, we're not talking about oil and gas. It refers to how much water is in certain plants that could fuel a wildfire.

The Mountain West News Bureau's Madelyn Beck explained how scientists measure it and why it's so important.

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