Understanding Fire Danger Ratings

Community safety measures such as fire hydrant flow test and fire danger ratings are meant to prepare for disasters and help to prevent them in the first place. The Forest Service uses a color-coded, five-level system to identify the risk and communicate it effectively to the public.

Extreme Fire Danger

Red signs indicate extreme fire danger. This means that all fires have the potential to get seriously out of control. They may be completely unmanageable in areas such as conifer stands and heavy slash. Flames can burn intensely and spread furiously under these conditions.

Very High Fire Danger

The Forest Service communicates very high fire danger by using orange signs. Fires increase quickly and spread rapidly under these conditions and are easier to start no matter the cause. One of the constant hazards associated with very high fire danger is spot fires, which ignite from flying embers or sparks outside the perimeter of the main conflagration.

High Fire Danger

Spot fires remain a hazard of high fire danger, but are more likely to occur only over short distances. It is necessary to fight a small flame immediately when the fire danger is high because it can get out of control very quickly. Yellow signs indicate high fire danger.

Moderate Fire Danger

When the fire danger is moderate, accidental fires are slower to start. They are also slower to spread in wooded areas, although they may spread more quickly in grassland. It is easier to bring a fire under control when fire danger is moderate, indicated with blue signs.

Low Fire Danger

When the fire danger is in the green, spot fires are unlikely. Fuels do not readily ignite unless exposed to an intense source of heat. Flames smolder slowly in wooded areas. They may burn freely in open grassland, but only for a few hours.…

The Perfect Outdoor Wedding

In spring and fall when the weather is just right, an outdoor wedding can seem more enticing than any other option. They can also offer plenty of unexpected considerations to ensure guests are happy and comfortable throughout the ceremony and the reception. Things like covered seating or a mobile restroom trailer are just a couple of items that might slip someone’s mind while planning their big day. That’s why it can be helpful to use a quick checklist to ensure everything is accounted for.

Consider Location

Places like a beach or a winery can sound like romantic venues, but they both come with their own pros and cons. The beach promises a constant breeze that could gust into an uncomfortable guest, ruffling dresses, blowing away table settings, or extinguishing candles. Wineries can also get particularly warm in the summer months, so drinks and shaded areas should be available to guests throughout the day to help keep them cool. Even if you choose the cost efficient backyard, you’ll need to make sure you can get everything you need delivered and set up in the space, such as tables, chairs, and a sound system.

Unexpected Costs

An outdoor wedding can also incur some costs not associated with traditional venues. For example, to get married in certain parks or gardens, there’s often a site fee in addition to the rest of the bill. You might also need to consider the price of generators for evening ceremonies to keep some lights on as the sun sets. There’s also occasionally added costs if companies have to deliver their products—like rented furniture or tents—to a remote location outside of their usual delivery area.

Having an outdoor wedding can create a beautiful, romantic environment for the big day, but there are also important considerations to be made to ensure the day is perfect.…