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September 26, 2023 - The National Multi-agency Coordination Group at NIFC moved to national preparedness level (PL) 2 due to moderating fire weather conditions, a favorable extended forecast and the increased availability of national resources to support Geographic Areas with active wildfires. The potential for emerging significant wildfires in most geographic areas is expected to be normal to below normal for this time of year.
Currently, 42 large wildfires have burned 431,215 acres in 11 states. To date, 44,395 wildfires have burned 2,389,797 acres. This is below the 10-year average of 46,200 and 6,138,734 acres burned. About 6,550 wildland firefighters and support personnel are assigned to incidents nationwide. This includes 115 crews, 274 engines, 47 helicopters and 12 incident management teams.
Although conditions have moderated in may states, wildland firefighters need your help to prevent human caused wildfires. Please make sure to check for fire restrictions with your local state or federal agency before heading out to enjoy your public lands.
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).
A Pacific cold front will slowly move inland as it weakens, with precipitation, including snow above 7,000 feet, continuing near and west of the Cascades from far northwest California into western Washington. Light showers will spread east of the Cascades into the Columbia Basin, Idaho Panhandle, and northwest Montana. Breezy west to southwesterly winds will continue across the northern Great Basin amid relative humidity of 10- 25% creating locally elevated fire weather conditions. Above normal temperatures will continue across the Four Corners states, but with light winds. A brief push of subtropical moisture is likely to move into New Mexico, with isolated to scattered thunderstorms and showers. A decaying front will bring scattered to widespread thunderstorms and showers to the Gulf Coast and much of Florida. An upper low over the Midwest will weaken, with widespread showers and isolated thunderstorms moving into the southern Great Lakes and Ohio Valley. Extensive cloud cover will continue over much of the Mid-Atlantic and New England, with areas of light rain and well below normal temperatures.
|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||431,215|
|2023 (1/1/23-9/26/23)||Fires: 44,395||Acres: 2,389,797|
|2022 (1/1/22-9/26/22)||Fires: 24,762||Acres: 6,851,495|
|2021 (1/1/21-9/26/21)||Fires: 45,849||Acres: 5,822,863|
|2020 (1/1/20-9/26/20)||Fires: 44,447||Acres: 7,376,721|
|2019 (1/1/19-9/26/19)||Fires: 39,286||Acres: 4,356,441|
|2018 (1/1/18-9/26/18)||Fires: 48,806||Acres: 7,717,875|
|2017 (1/1/17-9/26/17)||Fires: 49,252||Acres: 8,447,290|
|2016 (1/1/16-9/26/16)||Fires: 44,572||Acres: 4,859,566|
|2015 (1/1/15-9/26/15)||Fires: 48,879||Acres: 9,021,293|
|2014 (1/1/14-9/26/14)||Fires: 40,529||Acres: 3,043,381|
|2013 (1/1/13-9/26/13)||Fires: 38,632||Acres: 4,085,566|
10-year average Year-to-Date
|2013-2022||Fires: 45,200||Acres: 6,138,734|