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N. America Wildfire Update – 081302

Posted by feww on August 13, 2018

The U.S. Wildfire Situation Report

Report issued by NIFC – Monday, August 13, 2018  @ 05:30 MT

National Preparedness Level:  5  [on a scale from 1 to 5 – as of July 27 at 2 pm MDT ]

More than 30,000 firefighters and support personnel continue to work on 110 large fires that have burned 1.7 million acres in 14 states. Extreme fire behavior was reported in Colorado, Idaho, Utah and Washington. The Cougar Creek, Boffer, Grass Valley, Coal Hollow, Rabbit Foot, Cabin Lake fires all gained thousands of acres yesterday causing many nearby residents to be evacuated.

Weather: Critical fire weather conditions will continue across the northern Great Plains from central Montana east across North Dakota, as a breezy, dry northwesterly flow develops behind a front. A trough of low pressure extending southwest from south central Canada into the Pacific Northwest will promote near normal temperatures across the northwestern corner of the country. Widely scattered thunderstorms will drift northward into the Great Basin from the Southwest. Developing storms on the northern fringes of the moisture plume will tend to produce little rainfall. In the East, a strong, broad area of low pressure will allow wet conditions to continue across the Mid-Atlantic States and the Deep South. Localized flooding is possible in some areas across the Deep South from the continuance of precipitation. Scattered showers and storms will bring some relief to Texas, as a stalled-out area of low pressure lingers over the Panhandle…

Daily statistics 8/12/18
Number of new large fires: 9
Number of active large fires: 110
[Total does not include individual fires within complexes.]
States currently reporting large fires:
Alaska (17), Arizona (13), California (10), Colorado (12), Hawaii (1), Idaho (11), Montana (7), Nevada (1), New Mexico (3), Oregon (13), Texas (1), Utah (7), Washington (12), Wyoming (2).

California
Fires: 10
Acres: 680,027
New fires: 0
Contained fires: 0

Acres from active fires: 1,719,176
Fires contained: 2

Year-to-date statistics 2018 (1/1/18 – 8/12/18)
Fires: 40,079
Acres: 5,661,659

10-year average Year-to-Date 2008-2017
Fires: 42,899
Acres: 4,418,011

Canadian Fires and Hectares Burned

FIRES YEAR-TO-DATE: 5,759
HECTARES YEAR-TO-DATE: 959,661 [2,371,322 acres]

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