The various factors of fuels, weather, topography and risk are combined to assess the daily fire potential on an area. Fire danger is usually expressed in numeric or adjective terms. Most of us are familiar with the adjective terms low, moderate, high, very high and extreme. The fire danger rating of an area is a tool to help with the day to day “fire business” decisions. The above maps are simply that, tools. They are tools that can be used to start the process of informed decision making and awareness. Refer to the Fire Danger Color Guide for a description of the colors.
Yesterday’s fire danger is the actual observed data, Todays fire danger is a Forecast and like all forecast is on a prediction based on evidence and science. The KBDI represents the condition of the top 8 inches of soil, The Burn Ban map is for reference purposes only. Please check with the local authorities to determine official status of Burn Bans. This information is gathered in part from the NWCG, Texas A&M Forest Service and NOAA.