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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.

Fire Danger Ratings
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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