Wildfire Danger Ratings
The National Fire Danger Rating System allows fire managers to estimate the current fire danger for a given area.
Red Flag Warning
A Red Flag Warning is a short-term, temporary warning indicating the presence of dangerous combinations of temperature, wind, relative humidity, and fuel conditions which can contribute to the rapid spread of new or existing wildfires.
A Red Flag Warning can be issued at any fire danger level listed below.
Understanding Wildfire Danger Ratings
conditions. Wildfire ignitions are unlikely. Weather and fuel conditions will
lead to slow fire spread, low intensity, and relatively easy control. Outdoor burning is safest.
conditions. Wildfires may be expected. Wildfires will ignite and spread but are
usually not difficult to contain. Outdoor burning should be restricted to early morning and late evening while avoiding windy conditions.
conditions. Wildfires ignite easily. Fires spread rapidly and are difficult to
control under windy conditions. Outdoor burning is strongly discouraged.
Very High (VH)
conditions. Wildfires start easily and spread rapidly with increased
intensity. Fires are very difficult to control. Outdoor burning should not occur.
Extreme conditions. Wildfires start and spread rapidly. Every fire start
has the potential to become a large wildfire. Outdoor burning should not occur.