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Cascade Creek Fire Pocket Card, September 24, 2012

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Fire Danger PocketCards for Firefighter Safety

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***All PocketCards with a 2006 or older have been removed. Please update your cards.***

This website is developed and maintained by the National Wildfire Coordinating Group Fire Danger Committee  (http://www.nwcg.gov/teams/fenwt/index.htm).  The 2004 NWCG standard for Fire Danger PocketCards provides minimum expectations for content, currency, and implementation.  More specific guidelines for PocketCards may be developed by agency or mulit-agency groups to meet their needs.  (For Forest Service direction see FSM 5120.45(16)) PocketCards that meet the NWCG standard are posted on this website for the general use and benefit of the interagency wildland fire management community.  PocketCards that meet this standard can be created using FireFamily Plus version 3.0.5 or higher.  PocketCards will be posted here only after a quality assurance check by the submitting agency or agencies.  Content and currency of each card is the responsibility of the agency or group submitting the card.                                                

The Fire Danger PocketCard is a method of communicating information on fire danger to firefighters.  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, therefore, useful to both local and out-of-area firefighters.

The PocketCard has a very important day-today "pre-suppression" use.  When the morning and afternoon weather is read each day, the actual and predicted indices are announced.  The firefighters can reference their card and see just where they are in the range of possible values for danger-rating.  This important information should be discussed at morning crew meetings, as well as tail gate safety meetings.  

Most importantly, the card provides a method for everyone involved with wildland and prescribed fire operations to communicate a common understanding of key index values provided by the National Fire Danger Rating System.

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.  


Guidelines for card development 

Any comments please send email to spetersen@fs.fed.us or kai_olsen@blm.gov

  We look forward to hearing from you.
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