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Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton

"The West Coast's Premier Expeditionary Training Base"

Fire Danger Ratings

Current Fire Danger Rating:

Very High: Use extreme caution.  Fires are very hard to control.  Firing will be permitted at all times on all ranges and within impact areas, unless otherwise restricted by Longrifle.  Minimal use of pyrotechnics, demolitions and heat/flame producing devices (Including blanks and smoke grenades)is allowed within maneuver areas; however, their use is restricted to cleared or previously burned areas only. Smoking is permitted only in cleared areas or on firebreaks.

THE "PERIMETER" TRAINING AREAS (I.E., BRAVO I, BRAVO II, CHARLIE, DELTA, ECHO, FOXTROT, GOLF, HOTEL, JULIETT, LIMA, AND NOVEMBER) ARE NOT AUTHORIZED FOR ANY ORDNANCE, FLAME/HEAT PRODUCING DEVICES INCLUDING BLANKS, OR TRAINING ACTIVITIES THAT COULD CAUSE A FIRE.

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The FDR is essentially a risk-mitigation process that considers the effects of weather, humidity, vegetation and moisture content. This process restricts, and in some cases prohibits activities that could increase the likelihood of a fire.

The current FDR and restrictions placed on training are posted above.


Fire Danger Ratings:

A significant effort in deterring wildland fires is to ensure all units understand the Fire Danger Ratings and the limitations that are imposed on training during increased Fire Danger Ratings.

Low: Use normal caution. Any type of ammunition may be used with care. Smoking is permitted. This is the highest allowable FDR for LFAM training without a waiver.
 

Moderate: Use normal extra caution. Fires will start easily. Any type of ammunition may be used with care. Smoking is permitted.
 

High: Use extra caution. Fires will start very easily. Any type of ammunition may be used, with care, on ranges and within impact areas. The use of pyrotechnics, demolitions, and heat or flame-producing devices within training areas will be limited to cleared areas or areas previously burned for that purpose. Smoking is permitted only in cleared areas or firebreaks. Flame, heat-producing devices, pyrotechnics, or training activities in the perimeter training areas defined as Bravo I, II, III, Charlie, Delta, Echo, Foxtrot, Golf, Hotel, India, Juliet, Lima, November, and Sierra, that could cause a fire are PROHIBITED when the FDR is VERY HIGH or EXTREME unless approved by Range Control. Use of airborne pyrotechnics is prohibited in all training areas. Tracer ammunition is not authorized at R206, R409A, R600, R800, LFAM 710, 711, & R300. Blank ammunition and pyrotechnics are not authorized at Camp Deluz.
 

Very High: Use extreme caution.  Fires are very hard to control.  Firing will be permitted at all times on all ranges and within impact areas, unless otherwise restricted by Longrifle.  Minimal use of pyrotechnics, demolitions and heat/flame producing devices (Including blanks and smoke grenades)is allowed within maneuver areas; however, their use is restricted to cleared or previously burned areas only. Smoking is permitted only in cleared areas or on firebreaks.

THE "PERIMETER" TRAINING AREAS (I.E., BRAVO I, BRAVO II, CHARLIE, DELTA, ECHO, FOXTROT, GOLF, HOTEL, JULIETT, LIMA, AND NOVEMBER) ARE NOT AUTHORIZED FOR ANY ORDNANCE, FLAME/HEAT PRODUCING DEVICES INCLUDING BLANKS, OR TRAINING ACTIVITIES THAT COULD CAUSE A FIRE.

 

EXTREME: Flash condition.  This is the highest class of fire danger.  Fires started are practically impossible to extinguish and usually continue until danger rating conditions improve or they burn themselves out.  The utmost caution must be exercised at all times with fire producing agents and devices.  The firing of high explosives, pyrotechnics, incendiaries, or other ammunition likely to cause fires is prohibited unless specifically authorized by Longrifle.  Authorized firing units will be advised as to the status of the range or impact area in question by Longrifle should a change in the fire danger rating occur.  Firing units will exercise maximum attention to the observance of range fans and other pertinent precautions to prevent fires of any nature from starting. Smoking shall not be permitted under any circumstances. The use of any type of training/live ordnance (to include blanks), heat or flame producing devices (heaters, welders, stoves or open fires) in maneuver areas is strictly prohibited unless authorized by Longrifle.

NO ORDNANCE OF ANY KIND, FLAME/HEAT PRODUCING DEVICES INCLUDING BLANKS, OR TRAINING ACTIVITIES THAT COULD CAUSE A FIRE ARE PERMITTED IN TRAINING AREAS. FURTHER RESTRICTIONS MAY BE IMPOSED BASED ON WEATHER SEVERITY OR NON-AVAILABILITY OF RESOURCES.

 


Risk-Mitigation Process
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