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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

Year-to-date statistics
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)

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U.S. Drought Intensifies

Posted by feww on February 19, 2015

U.S. Drought Monitor Weekly Comparison Tables

Contiguous United States

Week None D0-D4 D1-D4 D2-D4 D3-D4 D4
2015-02-17 45.26 54.74 32.13 16.44 8.6 3.37
2015-02-10 47.51 52.49 29 16.18 8.49 3.27

West

Week None D0-D4 D1-D4 D2-D4 D3-D4 D4
2015-02-17 31.2 68.8 58.53 30.61 17.23 7.21
2015-02-10 30.41 69.59 52.65 30.63 17.1 6.96

California

Week None D0-D4 D1-D4 D2-D4 D3-D4 D4
2015-02-17 0.16 99.84 98.1 93.44 67.46 41.2
2015-02-10 0.16 99.84 98.1 93.44 67.46 39.99

South

Week None D0-D4 D1-D4 D2-D4 D3-D4 D4
2015-02-17 29.74 70.26 36.69 22.13 10.07 3.02
2015-02-10 42.31 57.69 33.75 20.56 9.71 3.02

High Plains

Week None D0-D4 D1-D4 D2-D4 D3-D4 D4
2015-02-17 46.61 53.39 20.18 5.51 0.3 0
2015-02-10 46.61 53.39 12.64 5.51 0.3 0

Intensity:
D0 – Abnormally Dry
D1 – Moderate Drought
D2 – Severe Drought
D3 – Extreme Drought
D4 – Exceptional Drought

Source: The National Drought Mitigation Center, Lincoln, NE

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