Fire hazard

n. A physical situation with potential for fire to cause harm or damage.

 

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There are three primary factors affecting fire hazard: fuel, weather, and topography. Note that the commonly used term "fuel hazard" is misleading because fuel is but one component of fire hazard. No standard quantitative measure of fire hazard exists; however, two characteristics are possible to estimate: annual burn probability and expected distribution of a fire behavior characteristic (for example, fireline intensity).