National Fires | SitRep | Feb 23, 2016

According to the Natonal Interagency Fire Center, 36 new large Wildfires were reported this week alone sparking no debate that the Fire Season has officially begun. Fires were reportedly primarily 5 States: Arkansas, Texas, Oklahoma, Mississippi and Florida.

Firefighters were able to 28 of those fires this week.  Approximately 34,688 combined acres have been scorched.  States are currently still reporting fire info even at the time of this post.

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Grand Bature Wildfire. Credit: USFWS

U.S. WILDFIRES

ARKANSAS

  • 5 Mile:  12 miles NE of Broken Arrow. Agency:  Ozark &  St. Francis NF [Forest Service]. 692 acres. 60% contained.
  • Big Point: Agency: Ozark & St. Francis NF [Forest Service]. 4122 acres. 100% contained.

FLORIDA

  • Wood Lake: National Forests in Florida [Forest Service].  1004 acres.  100% contained.
  • Norwalk: National Forests in Florida [Forest Service].  309 acres. 100% contained.

HAWAII

  • Puu Anahulu:  Hawaii County [County Fire].  300 acres. 100% contained.

KANSAS

  • 121st Road:  Cowley County [County Fire].  300 acres. 100% contained.

MISSISSIPPI

  • Grand Bature: Grand Bay Wildlife Refuge [Fish & Wildland Services], 4 East of Pascagoula. 4349 acres. 90% contained.
  • Ansley:  Forestry Commission [Private].  798 acres. 100% contained.
  • Lower Bay:  Forestry Commission [Private].  886 acres. 100% contained.
  • Ranch Road:  Forestry Commission [Private].  600 acres. 100% contained.

MISSOURI

  • Big Creek:  Mark Twain NF [Forest Service].  1178 acres. 100% contained.
  • High Hill: Mark Twain NF [Forest Service]. 231 acres. 100% contained.
  • Silo: Mark Twain NF [Forest Service]. 178 acres. 100% contained.
  • Merriam Cemetery: Mark Twain NF [Forest Service].  110 acres. 100% contained.

NEW MEXICO

  • Valentin Complex:  Captain District, State Forestry. 1083 acres. 100% contained.
  • Rumuda:  Mascatero Agency {BIA]. 619 acres. 100% contained.

OKLAHOMA

  • Big Bluestem:  10 miles W of Pawhuska. Osage Field Office [BIA].  989 acres. 80% contained.
  • Buffalo:  8 miles W of Buffalo.  Dept. of Forestry [ST]. 18,000 acres. 30% contained.
  • Fife:   3 miles W of Hanna.  Okmulgee Field Office [BIA].  462 acres.  70% contained.
  • Gap:  30 miles SE of McAlester.  E Central Area, Dept. of Forestry [ST].  900 acres.  75% contained.
  • Pawnee Cove:  10 miles W of  Terlton.  Osage Agency [BIA].  2500 acres.  20% contained.
  • Sand Creek:   6 miles SW of Henryetta.  Dept. of Forestry [ST]. 4950 acres.  15% contained.
  • Southfork:   12 miles NE of Broken Bow. SE area, Dept. of Forestry [ST].  820 acres.  50% contained.
  • Tree Farm:  8 miles W of Sapulpa.  Okmulgee Field Office [BIA].  1126 acres.  90% contained.
  • Coyote:  SE Area, Dept. of Forestry [ST].  1000 acres.  100% contained.
  • Coyote [2]:  Dept. of Forestry [ST].  350 acres.  100% contained.
  • Dead Mule:  EastCentral Area, Dept. of Forestry [ST]. 300 acres. 100% contained.
  • Dipping Vat:  East Central Area, Dept. of Forestry [ST].  275 acres. 100% contained.
  • Gilmore:  Dept. of Forestry [ST].  300 acres.  100% contained.
  • Jackson:  Dept. of Forestry [ST].  746 acres. 100% contained.
  • Miner:  NE Area, Dept of Forestry [ST].  400 acres.  100 contained.
  • Monster:  NE Area, Dept. of Forestry [ST].  500 acres. 100 contained.
  • No Way:  Eastern Area Oklahoma [BIA]. 326 acres. 100% contained.
  • Pear Grove:  E Central Area, Dept. of Forestry [ST].  116 acres. 100% contained
  • Quinton:  E Central Area, Dept. of Forestry [ST].  1070 acres. 100% contained.
  • Rock Pit:  E Central Area, Dept. of Forestry [ST].  260 acres.  100% contained.
  • Suicide Hill:  Eastern Area, Dept. of Forestry [ST].  540 acres.  100% contained.
  • Teresita:  NE Area, Dept. of Forestry [ST].  350 acres.  100% contained.
  • Tucker Knob:  E Central Area, Dept. of Forestry [ST].  200 acres.  100% contained.
  • Weber Mountain:  E Central Area, Dept. of Forestry [ST].  300 acres.  100% contained.

TEXAS

  • Carol Ranch:  TX Forest Service [PR1]. 2125 acres. 100% contained
  • CR440:  TX Forest Service [PR1].  866 acres. 100% contained.
  • Crossfire:  TX Forest Service [ST]. 327 acres.  100% contained.
  • Estate:  TX Forest Service [ST]. 1000 acres. 100% contained.
  • FM998:  TX Forest Service [PR1].  3987 acres.  100% contained.
  • Jim Ned Road:  TX Forest Service [PR1].  300 acres. 100% contained.
  • Powerline:  Big Bend Natl Park [NPS].  1790 acres. 100% contained.
  • Watts:  TX Forest Service [FS].  1306 acres.  100% contained.

YEAR TO DATE STATS [from January 1st – February 19th]

  • 2016:  2395 Fires.  78,962 acres.
  • 2015:  2871 Fires.   26,847 acres.
  • 2014:  3095 Fires.   42,558 acres.
  • 2013:  1569 Fires.   10,961 acres.
  • 2012: 2889 Fires.   62,533 acres.
  • 2011:  2996 Fires.   52,391 acres.
  • 2010: 1407 Fires.   21,461 acres.

Since 2006 – 2015, the average of fires have been around 3900+ and scorching over 110,000 acres.

WEATHER FORECAST

A relatively progressive flow across the U.S. this week will provide an active weather pattern with a series of storms progressing from West to East. This will include the northwest quarter of the Nation as well as northern California and the Great Basin. The exception will be across the southwest and Plains regions this weekend where dry weather will continue. This prolonged dry period will transition on Sunday with showers and thunderstorms developing over the central and southern Plains. Showers and thunderstorms will expand along a frontal boundary through the southeast and Mid-Atlantic by the middle of next week before spreading north along the east coast. Late next week, a ridge of high pressure will attempt to strengthen along the Pacific coast with an overall drier and warmer pattern developing. [NIFC]

PREPAREDNESS LEVEL

We are currently at a Level 1.

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