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Weather forecasters get out of office to join firefighters JULIE GRANKA Sacramento Bee 07-27-12 National Weather Service meteorologist Mike Smith sits at a desk most of the year. In wildfire season, however, he takes on a new persona: He wears a fire suit and camps out for days at a time at ground zero of major forest fires. Smith spent a week and a half this month as the resident meteorologist at a fire in the Mendocino National Forest in California — the 55th fire where he was the meteorologist on scene. “I got here the day after it burned 10,000 acres,” he said while he was finishing up his work there. Smith and weather experts like him are the “incident meteorologists” who inform firefighters of every nuance of the weather, from heat and humidity to changing gusts of wind. They make those calls from their tents and makeshift offices in the camps where fire crews refer ...

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