Forecast Canadian fire danger indexes

Forecast for 12:00 2017-02-27

**Local agency personnel should contact MIFC Fire Intelligence if errors or omissions are observed.**

Station °F RH P24I Wind FFMC DMC DC ISI BUI FWI
Albert Lea 31 79 0.0 10 71.0 1.9 10.5 1.5 2.6 0.5
Badoura 32 58 0.03 5 73.6 3.4 10.7 1.0 3.8 0.4
Bigstone 40 46 0.0 8 83.9 7.8 27.3 3.4 9.1 3.4
Brainerd 34 58 0.04 7 75.7 5.1 15.0 1.4 5.5 0.6
Camp Ripley/Little Falls 36 52 0.01 8 81.2 3.7 11.8 2.5 4.1 1.0
Carlos Avery 37 53 0.01 10 82.4 4.9 2.4 3.3 4.3 2.0
Detroit Lakes 30 65 0.03 6 72.8 2.9 7.8 1.1 3.0 0.4
Hill City 30 66 0.06 5 59.5 2.2 11.6 0.6 3.0 0.2
Itasca 29 63 0.05 4 69.2 6.0 15.0 0.9 6.0 0.4
Litchfield 38 54 0.0 9 81.2 4.8 19.8 2.7 6.0 1.9
MN Valley 37 58 0.0 11 83.0 4.3 4.4 4.0 4.0 2.6
Moose Lake 34 57 0.03 8 76.7 4.7 15.0 1.7 5.3 0.7
Mora 36 54 0.02 9 81.2 4.2 15.1 2.7 5.0 1.6
New Ulm Municipal Airport 35 65 0.0 11 81.9 5.9 17.2 3.5 6.4 2.8
Redstn 33 64 0.0 13 80.9 5.2 19.4 3.5 6.2 2.8
Rice Lake 34 58 0.06 7 70.4 5.7 15.0 1.1 5.8 0.5
Rochester 34 73 0.0 13 66.7 0.6 0.0 1.6 0.0 0.3
Sherburne 36 55 0.01 9 82.6 3.4 3.2 3.2 3.0 1.5
Stanton Airfield 35 66 0.0 11 81.7 10.0 24.4 3.5 9.9 3.7
St. Croix 36 52 0.02 9 82.5 6.3 15.2 3.2 6.2 2.5

Interpretation

The following chart is a statewide generalized fire danger rating chart for the Canadian Fire Weather Index. It is based on a five class danger rating system, i.e., low, moderate, high, very high , and extreme. The distribution is based on weather records from 1985 - 1998. Low days occurred 45% to 50% of the time, moderate - 30 %, high days - 12% to 15%, very high days occurred 7%-8% of the time, and extreme days were 2%-3%. This is not meant to be used as a staffing guide . Each area needs to look at its own weather data coupled with its fire occurrence data. For instance, if you have a drought code of 380, it does not mean you are in extreme fire danger. It means that the drought code only gets that high on 2% of the days between April 1 and November 1.

Index Low Moderate High Very High Extreme

FFMC

0.0 - 80.9

81.0 - 87.9

88.0 - 90.4

90.5 - 92.4

92.5+

DMC

0.0 - 12.9

13.0 - 27.9

28.0 - 41.9

42.0 - 62.9

63.0+

DC

0.0 - 79.9

80.0 - 209.9

210.0 - 273.9

274.0 - 359.9

360.0+

ISI

0.0 - 3.9

4.0 - 7.9

8.0 - 10.9

11.0 - 18.9

19.0+

BUI

0.0 - 18.9

19.0 - 33.9

34.0 - 53.9

54.0 - 76.9

77.0+

FWI

0.0 - 4.9

5.0 - 13.9

14.0 - 20.9

21.0 - 32.9

33.0+

Definitions

Fine Fuel Moisture Code (FFMC)

This provides a relative indicator of the moisture in the fine fuels. Like the 1 hour fuel moisture, it reacts directly with the air temperature and relative humidity.

Duff Moisture Code (DMC)

This is an index of the moisture of the loosely compact organic layers at a depth of 2-4 inches.

Drought Code (DC)

This measures long term dryness in the fuels. It is a longer term index than the NFDRS 1000 fuel moisture. It doesn't reflect the probability of fire occurrence by itself, but can be useful in predicting the level of mop up needed and the consumption of large fuels. It should be looked at in relation to peat fire starts.

Initial Spread Index (ISI)

This is based on the FFMC and the wind speed. It provides a relative numerical rating of the expected rate of spread. This is similar to the NFDRS Spread Component.

Buildup Index (BUI)

This index is based on the DC and the DMC. It provides a relative indication of the amount of fuel available for combustion. This is somewhat similar to the NFDRS Energy Release Component. It doesn't predict what a given day might be like, but does relate well to the dryness of the fuels.

Fire Weather Index (FWI)

This combines the BUI and the ISI to give a relative numerical rating of fire intensity. It can be compared to the NFDRS Burning Index.