The National Fire Danger Rating System (NFDRS) PocketCard is a tool for field personnel to locally track fire potential throughout the season. It is based on historical weather and fire occurrence for a localized area. The PocketCard displays a general assessment of the fire potential and identifies combinations of local weather and fuel conditions that might contribute to severe fire behavior.
The PocketCard provides:
- A general indicator of the potential fire danger for a given rating or protection area.
- A graph showing the trend and status of the current year’s fire season.
- A comparison of current year conditions to historical worst and average conditions.
- Fire danger values related to past large or problem fires.
- Critical local thresholds for temperature, humidity, wind speed, and fuel moistures associated with large or notable fires.
Discuss the following ways to use the PocketCard:
- Use it primarily before fires occur or before arriving at a fire. It is also useful during initial fire size-up, initial attack, and extended attack.
- Use it to learn critical local area thresholds that predict the potential for extreme fire behavior. Be aware that these critical thresholds can occur earlier or later in the season.
- Use it to compare current and predicted local fire danger to historical local fire danger for enhanced situation awareness.
- Use it to track daily fire danger indices that gauge the potential for weather and fuels to support extreme fire behavior, as well as affect the difficulty of control.
- Use it to supplement local experience.
- Use it as a point of reference for firefighters not familiar with the area represented by the card.
- When you receive a fire assignment outside your local area, visit the National PocketCard website, where PocketCards are filed by geographic area.
- Put it in the pocket of all your firefighters and keep one in each fire vehicle.
- Post it in dispatch. Use them in briefings. Provide them to incoming crews.
- Do not use the PocketCard for site-specific fire behavior predictions, fireline actions, or without an interpretive briefing.
- Review definitions and implications of Energy Release Component (ERC) and Burning Index (BI) values.
- 10 & 18 Poster, PMS 110-18
- 10 Standard Firefighting Orders, PMS 110
- 18 Watch Out Situations, PMS 118
- Interagency Standards for Fire and Fire Aviation Operations (Red Book)
- NWCG Incident Response Pocket Guide (IRPG), PMS 461
- NWCG Standards for Helicopter Operations, PMS 510
- RT-130, Wildland Fire Safety Training Annual Refresher (WFSTAR)
- Wildland Fire Lessons Learned Center
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