North Dakota Wildland Fire Danger Guide
The Fire Danger Index, issued by the National Weather Service, serves as a guide to reduce the number of uncontrollable outdoor fires. Fire Danger Indexes provide an indication of wildland fire potential and overall fire activity to a given area. The Fire Danger Index provides citizens with needed information about fire safety conditions. The index contains five ratings – low, medium, high, very high and extreme. Fires are more likely to occur on higher index days, and more likely to grow in size. The Fire Danger Index does not predict how a specific fire will behave; however, the indices do give an indication of overall fire potential.
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|Index Rating||Fire Danger Description|
|LOW||Weather and fuel indicators show the probability of fire occurrence is low.|
|MEDIUM||Weather and fuel conditions indicate some potential for fire occurrence. Expect predictable fire behavior with moderate rates of spread.|
|HIGH||Fires are active. Expect moderate and occasional high rates of spread.|
|VERY HIGH||Fires spread rapidly and show erratic behavior. Dangerous burning conditions exist.|
|EXTREME||Potential for large fires exist. Fires spread rapidly. Extreme fire behavior is probable. Critical burning conditions exist.|
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