Canadian Forest Service Publications

Wildland fire danger rating and early warning systems. 2015. de Groot, W.J.; Wotton, B.M.; Flannigan, M.D. Pages 207-228 in Hazards and Disasters Series: Wildfire Hazards, Risks and Disasters.(Chapter 11). Douglas Paton, volume editor. Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Year: 2015

Available from: Great Lakes Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 36449

Language: English

CFS Availability: PDF (request by e-mail)

Abstract

Fire danger rating has become the cornerstone of national fire management programs, and operational systems have been available for over 40 years. Fire danger information is used across a broad spectrum of fi re management decision making including daily operations, seasonal strategic planning, and long-tern fire and land management planning under future climate change. There are many different national fire danger rating systems in use worldwide. Early warning of extreme fire danger is critical for fire managers to mitigate or prevent wildfire disaster. Early · warning is provided using forecasted fire weather. which is further enhanced with remotely sensed fire activity and fuels information in fire early warning systems. Fire danger and early warning systems can operate at global to local levels, depending on fire management requirements. Current operational systems and applications are reviewed.

Plain Language Summary

We reviewed the many different national fire danger rating systems in use worldwide. Fire danger and early warning systems can operate at global to local levels, depending on fire management requirements. Fire danger rating has become even more important as greater fire activity and disaster fire occurrence have been documented. Fire danger information is used in many aspects of fire management, including daily operations, seasonal strategic planning, and long-term fire and land management planning under future climate change. Early warning of extreme fire danger is critical for fire managers to mitigate or prevent wildfire disaster.

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