Wed, December 17, 2014 at 01:36:44 PM
National Preparedness Level: 1 (On a scale from 1 to 5)
Northern California Preparedness Level: 2 (On a scale from 1 to 5)
Southern California Preparedness Level: 3 (On a scale from 1 to 5)
Current National Situation: Initial attack activity was light this week with 299 new fires. 9 new large fires reported and 8 large fires contained.
Smaller, local fires are listed as they occur in Happening Now.
Fire locations are based on data provided by the National Interagency Fire Center and are subject to change.
Large Incident: A wildfire of 100 acres or more occuring in timber, or a wildfire of 300 acres or more occuring in grass/sage.
A series of upper level disturbances in the Eastern Pacific will bring periods of wet weather to the western U.S. this week. After a brief reprieve Friday and Saturday, the heaviest precipitation will begin Sunday over the coastal mountains of the Pacific Northwest and northern California including the Sierras. To a lesser extent, the Great Basin and Rocky Mountains will also see periodic moisture. By the middle of next week, strong onshore winds may accompany heavy precipitation over the northern half of California. Unsettled conditions are also expected to bring moderate precipitation amounts to the Plains region, the Mid-Atlantic, and Northeast for the first half of next week. Late next week there will be considerable warming and drying for the Southwest and Plains as a ridge of high pressure strengthens over the central U.S.
Many thanks to the Fire Information Services for the updates!