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September 25, 2023 - Currently, 44 large wildfires have burned 439,366 acres in 11 states. More than 7,100 wildland firefighters and support personnel are assigned to incidents. This includes 132 crews, 293 engines, 56 helicopters and 12 incident management teams.
So far in 2023, 44,207 wildfires have burned 2,385,676 acres. People have caused 39,054 wildfires that burned1,309,996 acres. Lightning ignited 5,193 wildfires and burned 1,078,894 acres. As our wildland firefighters and support personnel continue to work toward containment goals on 44 large wildfires, it's imperative to do your part to prevent wildfires. State and federal agencies are still implementing fire restrictions in some states. It is always best to know before you go. A simple call to your local, state, or federal agency will provide the needed information to recreate responsibly this fall.
Lawn mowers, weed-eaters, chain saws, grinders, welders, tractors, and trimmers can all spark a wildland fire.
The predictive services staff at the National Interagency Coordination Center released the National Significant Wildland Fire Potential Outlook for September through December. The current wildland fire potential outlook and the monthly seasonal outlook podcast is also available.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) continues to work with state and local agencies in Hawai‘i. Some national parks in Hawai‘i have been affected by wildfires. For the latest on closure status, recovery, and travel please visit: Wildfires affecting Hawaii - Hawai'i (U.S. National Park Service) (nps.gov).
Above normal temperatures and dry conditions are expected across the Intermountain West with near normal temperatures in much of California due to onshore flow. Breezy southwesterly sustained winds 15-30 mph with gusts 30-45 mph amid relative humidity of 5-20% will create critical conditions across northwest Nevada into southeast Oregon and southwest Idaho. Rain, with snow above 7,000 feet in the Cascades, will continue from northwest California into western Washington. Scattered light rain will begin to spill over the Cascade Crest overnight into eastern Oregon and Washington. Scattered showers and thunderstorms will develop near a slow-moving cold front from south and central Texas into the Lower Mississippi Valley and then along the Gulf Coast into Florida. Showers and thunderstorms will continue across the Upper Midwest, with scattered showers also spreading east into the Great Lakes, Mid-Atlantic, and southern New England.
|Number of new large fires or emergency response
* New fires are identified with an asterisk
|0||States currently reporting large fires:|
|Number of active large fires
Total does not include individual fires within complexes.
|Acres from active fires||439,366|
|2023 (1/1/23-9/25/23)||Fires: 44,207||Acres: 2,385,676|
|2022 (1/1/22-9/25/22)||Fires: 52,708||Acres: 6,850,045|
|2021 (1/1/21-9/25/21)||Fires: 45,706||Acres: 5,796,687|
|2020 (1/1/20-9/25/20)||Fires: 44,169||Acres: 7,257,016|
|2019 (1/1/19-9/25/19)||Fires: 39,107||Acres: 4,355,528|
|2018 (1/1/18-9/25/18)||Fires: 48,744||Acres: 7,679,665|
|2017 (1/1/17-9/25/17)||Fires: 49,130||Acres: 8,448,053|
|2016 (1/1/16-9/25/16)||Fires: 44,440||Acres: 4,851,802|
|2015 (1/1/15-9/25/15)||Fires: 48,831||Acres: 9,020,291|
|2014 (1/1/14-9/25/14)||Fires: 40,487||Acres: 3,041,864|
|2013 (1/1/13-9/25/13)||Fires: 38,681||Acres: 4,086,393|
10-year average Year-to-Date
|2013-2022||Fires: 45,099||Acres: 6,100,591|