Sun, February 7, 2016 at 09:57:10 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: 2 (On a scale from 1 to 5)
Current National Situation: This report will be posted every Friday unless significant activity occurs.
Initial attack activity was light this week with 49 new fires. 2 new large fires reported and 1 large fire 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.
Temperatures across the Nation will be divided this week with cold intensifying west of the Rockies and record-breaking warmth in the east. In addition, spring-like conditions will bring a moist tap of tropical air into the southeast U.S. with heavy rain and the possibility of severe thunderstorms. Widespread precipitation is also expected from the Four-Corners through the central Plains with a series of upper level storm systems. Early next week a moist low pressure system will bring additional precipitation to the Pacific coastal region including California. This storm system will move through the southwest before affecting the southern and central Rockies by mid-week. At the same time, a very strong low pressure system will dig across the southern Rockies early next week before moving east through the central Plains, toward the lower Mississippi Valley. By New Years' Day a pattern reversal will take shape with a strongly amplified high pressure system over the west and a broad trough of low pressure over the eastern half of the country.
Many thanks to the Fire Information Services for the updates!