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Feds developing 'Richter' scale for wildfires

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Feds developing 'Richter' scale for wildfires

This frame grab from video shows embers being shot at a structure during a test at the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety test facility in Richburg, S.C., in April 2011. The National Institute of Standards and Technology is developing the Wildland Urban Interface Hazard Scale to get a measurement of the intensity of a wildfire similar to the way officials use scales to measure hurricanes, tornadoes and earthquakes.(AP Photo/IBHS)

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