The Commonwealth of Kentucky is 48% forests comprising over 12 million acres. They remain among the nation's most diverse hardwood forests in the country, second only to Florida. In addition, Kentucky's parks are among its most visited destinations. As a recreation and economic resource, the state's forests are a treasure to be nurtured and protected. Nevertheless, wildfire is their primary threat. On average, nearly 1,500 files occur annually across the state with arson the greatest cause of fires. With local, high quality weather data, fire conditions can be more accurately predicted, and fires can be fought more safely and effectively.