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Fire Danger Signs

Black Forest Fire Rescue currently has 11 fire danger signs placed throughout the district. We commonly get asked some of the following questions:

How is the fire danger determined?

Fire Danger is something that changes daily depending upon a variety of factors.

Fire Danger is a description of the combination of both constant and variable factors that affect the initiation, spread, and difficulty to control a wildfire in a given area. There are many systems and schemes that attempt to provide accurate and reliable predictions of fire danger, that analyze the fuel, topography, and weather, and integrate their effects into a set of numbers that fire managers can use to determine a rating.

Black Forest Fire Rescue currently follows Pueblo Interagency Dispatch Forecast Indices. Black Forest is a part of the High Plains Region; therefore, we follow the suggested preparedness level for that region each day.  

However we maintain the authority to change fire danger depending upon local conditions.

 

Who changes the fire danger signs?

Crew members of Black Forest Fire Rescue go out and change each fire danger sign in the district to reflect what experts set the suggested fire danger as that day.

 

What do the fire danger signs mean?

Low (Green) – Fire starts are unlikely. Weather and fuel conditions will lead to slow fire spread, low intensity and relatively easy control with light mop-up. Controlled burns can usually be executed with reasonable safety.

Moderate (Blue) – Some wildfires may be expected. Expect moderate flame length and rate of spread. Control is usually not difficult and light to moderate mop-up can be expected. Although controlled burning can be done without creating a hazard, routine caution should be taken.

High (Yellow) – Wildfires are likely. Fires in heavy, continuous fuel such as mature grassland, weed fields and forest litter, will be difficult to control under windy conditions. Control through direct attack may be difficult but possible and mop-up will be required. Outdoor burning should be restricted to early morning and late evening hours.

Very High (Orange) – Fires start easily from all causes and may spread faster than suppression resources can travel. Flame lengths will be long with high intensity, making control very difficult. Both suppression and mop-up will require an extended and very thorough effort. Outdoor burning is not recommended.

Extreme (Red) – Fires will start and spread rapidly. Every fire start has the potential to become large. Expect extreme, erratic fire behavior. NO OUTDOOR BURNING SHOULD TAKE PLACE IN AREAS WITH EXTREME FIRE DANGER.