Drought Code

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Class Ignition Potential Interpretation
Low Typical wet-season conditions and severe haze periods are unlikely. More than 30 dry days until DC reaches threshold at which point severe haze is highly likely.
Medium Normal mid dry-season conditions. Between 15 and 30 dry days until DC reaches threshold. Burning should be regulated and monitored as usual.
High Normal dry season peak conditions. Between 5 and 15 dry days until DC reaches threshold. All burning in peatlands should be restricted. Weather forecast and seasonal rainfall assessments should be monitored closely for signs of an extended dry season.
Extreme Approaching disaster-level drought conditions. Less than 5 dry days until DC reaches threshold, at which point severe haze is highly likely. Complete burning restriction should be enforced.
  • The DC values shown on the map refer to how much moisture content is contained within the deep layer of compact organic matter. The higher the DC values, the higher the potential for fire to smoulder in peat, which indicates greater difficulty in extinguishing the fires.

  • Image courtesy of the Malaysian Meteorological Department.