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- Learn more about the app and how to download it
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What is the National Fire Danger Rating System?
The goal is to encourage the public to adapt their behavior and obey restrictions based on their knowledge of these levels.
IGNITION: A rating of the probability that a firebrand will cause an actionable fire.
SPREAD: A rating of the forward rate of spread of the head of a fire.
SPOTTING: Behavior of a fire producing sparks or embers that are carried by the wind and which start new fires beyond the zone of direct ignition by the main fire.
CONTROL: The completion of control line around a fire, any spot fires therefrom, and any interior islands to be saved; burned out any unburned area adjacent to the fire side of the control lines; and cool down all hot spots that are immediate threats to the control line, until the lines can reasonably be expected to hold under the foreseeable conditions.
Fire danger is the resulting description of the combination of both constant and variable factors which affect the initiation, spread, and difficulty of control of wildfires on an area.
How is fire danger different than fire behavior predictions?
Fire danger is a broad scale assessment while fire behavior is site specific. Fire danger ratings describe conditions that reflect the potential, over a large area, for a fire to ignite, spread and require suppression action. Fire behavior deals with an existing fire in a given time and space. It describes the movement, intensity, and indicators of rapid combustion of an ongoing fire.
What do you mean by Adjective Rating?
Adjective Ratings are a public information description of the relative severity of the current fire danger situation in a general area. The National Fire Danger Rating System helps agencies to determine this level. Adjective Ratings are generally posted on signs as visitors enter jurisdictions, public lands or at agency offices. Many people associate these signs as “Smokey Bear signs”.