Just guessing, but probably due to the fact that as the roads are in the forests, things tend to cool down quickly at sundown. Can attest to that working a night stage at Gorman. Moisture (dew) would help dampen things, lessening the likelihood of sparks starting a fire, plus the possibility of cool breezes, keeping a damper on things.
On August 21, we posted this on at wildwestrally.com, it's the only explanation my fried brain will be capable of for a couple of months.
The Wild West International Rally will operate under a fire danger contingency plan based on the Industrial Fire Precaution Levels (IFPL)http://www.dnr.wa.gov/htdocs/rp/ifpl.htm. If the IFPL for the rally stages reaches precaution level 3, the Wild West may operate on a "hoot owl" schedule so that everyone is out of the woods between the hours of 1pm and 8pm. The published schedule is subject to change based on the fire danger contingency plan. Be sure to come prepared for a night rally!
The IFPL is published daily by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources. Saturday's stages traverse zones 651N, 654 and 655. Sunday's stages are contained within zone 655. The latest information regarding fire danger is available at http://www2.wadnr.gov/IFPL/ifpltoday.html
As a competitor, and even though the Price of Darkness put paid to our running of the night stages, I applaud the Wild West organizers for the way they handled the fire danger and working a schedule around that risk.
We got to drive on a lot of great roads, and the travel plans of incoming cars and crew were not impacted.
>Having lived all my life on the east coast, please explain
>the logic behind todays running schedule for Wild West.
My hat is off to the folks from Simpson who let us run on their roads.
The little bit of inconvenience certainly outweighed the possible consequences if there had been a screw up in the forest. Besides, we got to go take a nap in the middle of the day, in air conditioning, without our Nomex on.