BC Wildfire Danger Rating

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Published by the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development - BC Wildfire Service
Licensed under Access Only

Danger Rating is a visual representation based on weather information to determine the risk of a wildfire starting.

Data and Resources

Dataset Extent

Latitude: 48.0° to 60.0°
Longitude: -139.5° to -113.5°

Additional Information


Visual purposes intended for general public information only and should not be relied on as accurate for a specific location due to variability in local site and weather conditions. Information is updated as soon as is practicable on a daily basis. Where discrepancies exist between this map and the source information located at Fire Danger Rating web page, the source information shall take precedence. For regulated forest operations, the danger class value must be derived from weather data representative of the site on which operations are being conducted. Where discrepancies exist between the colour display on the weather maps and the numerical values posted for the weather stations, the posted numerical values shall take precedence for the purpose of implementing complying with the Wildfire Regulation.

Data Quality

Danger rating is updated daily between April and November.

More Information

Contact Information

NameDevona Hay (pointOfContact)
OrganizationMinistry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development
Sub-OrganizationBC Wildfire Service

Access & Security

Who can view this dataset? Public
Who can download this dataset?Not downloadable

Metadata Information

Record Published 2020-01-21
Record Last Modified 2021-05-10
Resource Status underDevelopment

Object Description


Short Name: DNGR_RATE
Comments: Fire Danger Rating indicates how easily fires can start and spread in an area. The ratings are derived from weather stations and is only relevant for the geographic location of the weather station.

Column Name Short Name Data Type Data Precision Comments
PROT_DR_SYSID DR_SYSID NUMBER 10 PROT_DR_SYSID is a system generated unique identification number
DANGER_RATING DNGR_RT NUMBER 2 The danger rating value of how easily a fire can spread, i.e., Less than 1.4 (Very Low); 1.5 to 2.4 (Low); 2.5 to 3.4 (Moderate); 3.5 to 4.4 (High); Greater than 4.5 (Extreme)
DANGER_RATING_DESC DNGR_RT_DS VARCHAR2 8 The danger rating descrition of how easily a fire can spread, i.e., Very Low, Low, Moderate, High, Extreme.
WHEN_CREATED WHEN_CRTD DATE 7 A system generated date when the data was created in Pacific Standard Time.
FEATURE_AREA_SQM FEAT_AREA NUMBER 19 The system calculated area of a two-dimensional polygon in square meters.
FEATURE_LENGTH_M FEAT_LEN NUMBER 19 The system calculated length or perimeter of a geometry in meters.
SHAPE SHAPE SDO_GEOMETRY 1 The column used to reference the spatial coordinates defining the feature.
OBJECTID OBJECTID NUMBER 38 A column required by spatial layers that interact with ESRI ArcSDE. It is populated with unique values automatically by SDE.
SE_ANNO_CAD_DATA BLOB 4000 A binary column used by spatial tools to store annotation, curve features and CAD data when using the SDO_GEOMETRY storage data type.