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The Fire Danger PocketCard provides a format for interpreting and communicating key index values provided by the National Fire Danger Rating System. The objective is to lead to greater awareness of fire danger and subsequently increased firefighter safety. The PocketCard provides a description of seasonal changes in fire danger in a local area. It is useful to both local and out-of-area firefighters.

The PocketCard has very important day-to-day "pre-suppression" use. When the morning and afternoon weather is read each day, the actual and predicted indices are announced. Firefighters can reference their card and assess where today falls in the range of historical values for danger-rating. This important information should be discussed at morning crew meetings, tailgate safety meetings, incident briefings, etc.

Local fire management personnel can produce the cards using Fire Family Plus. Cards should be developed locally with local fire management involvement to meet local fire management needs.

This website is developed and maintained by the National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) Fire Danger Subcommittee (http://www.nwcg.gov/branches/et/fence/subcommittees/fds/index.htm). The current NWCG standard for Fire Danger PocketCards provides minimum expectations for content, currency, and implementation. PocketCards that meet the NWCG standard are posted on this website for the general use and benefit of the interagency wildland fire management community. Content and currency of each card is the responsibility of the agency or group submitting the card.

Guidelines for card development


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