Fri, December 19, 2014 at 07:45:49 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 269 new fires. 1 new large fire 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.
Active winter weather is forecast for the Pacific Northwest and northern Rockies through this weekend as a series of upper level disturbances move through a moist, westerly flow aloft. The southern plains and Gulf Coast region should also see widespread precipitation in association with a stationary front. The highest amounts should be measured from Texas eastward through the Carolinas. For next week, a strong ridge of high pressure will build over the West Coast, bringing warmer and drier conditions from Alaska through the western U.S. East of the Rockies, a major pattern change will bring a return of winter weather as cold, Canadian air digs southward to merge with Pacific moisture. Measurable snow is expected through the holiday week for much of the central and eastern U.S., including the Great Lakes region and Northeast U.S.
Many thanks to the Fire Information Services for the updates!