10 STANDARD FIRE ORDERS
18 WATCH OUT
The arrangement of the Orders are
logically organized to be implemented systematically and applied to all
1. Keep informed on fire weather conditions and
2. Know what your fire is doing at all times.
all actions on current and expected behavior of the fire.
4. Identify escape
routes and make them known.
5. Post lookouts when there is possible
6. Be alert. Keep calm. Think clearly. Act
prompt communications with your forces, your supervisor and adjoining
8. Give clear instructions and insure they are
9. Maintain control of your forces at all
If 1-9 are considered, then...
Fight fire aggressively, having provided for safety first.
The 10 Standard Fire Orders are firm. We Donít
Break Them; We Donít Bend Them. All firefighters have a Right to a Safe
Fire not scouted and sized up.
In country not seen in daylight.
Safety zones and escape routes not identified.
Unfamiliar with weather and local factors influencing fire
Uninformed on strategy, tactics, and hazards.
Instructions and assignments not clear.
No communication link between crewmembers
Constructing line without safe anchor point.
Building line downhill with fire below.
Attempting frontal assault on fire.
Unburned fuel between you and the fire.
Cannot see main fire, not in contact with anyone who
On a hillside where rolling material can ignite fuel
Weather gets hotter and drier.
Wind increases and/or changes direction.
Getting frequent spot fires across line.
Terrain or fuels make escape to safety zones
Feel like taking a nap near