Large Wildfires Burn 2 Million Acres in Western U.S.
Posted by feww on September 2, 2015
Dozens of active wildfires burn across 8 states
Some 65 large fires have burned nearly 2 million acres across Western United States, with three new large fires sparked on Tuesday, reported NIFC.
States currently reporting large fires include Alaska (1), Arizona (1), California (8), Idaho (16), Montana (14), Oregon (8), Texas (1) and Washington (16).
The deadly Okanogan Complex fire, raging across north-central Washington, had burned at least 305,000 acres, destroying hundreds of homes and outbuilding as of August 30. The fire has since been subdivided into its component blazes. The fire killed three fire crews and injured four others last month.
Okanogan was one 16 active wildfire/fire complexes in Washington state that have consumed more than 921,249 acres as of September 1, said NIFC.
Fire Stats (9/1/15)
Acres from active fires: 1,990,649
Number of new large fires: 3
Number of active large fires: 65
2015 (1/1/15 – 9/1/15) Fires: 43,819 – Acres: 8,202,557 or 33,195 km² [NEW Record]
Annual average prior 10 years
2005-2014 Fires: 53,432 – Acres: 5,569,996
Latest Fire Management Assistance Declarations
- Idaho Tepee Springs Fire (FM-5110)
- Washington Goodell Fire (FM-5109)
- Washington Renner Fire (FM-5108)