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Southern California PL: 2

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Initial attack was light with 372 new fires reported last week. 9 new large fires reported and 7 large fires contained.

This report will be posted every Friday unless significant activity occurs – ongoing incidents will be updated in real time.

Last week

Fires: 372

Acres: 7,913

Year to date

Fires: 5,058
Acres: 106,664

10-yr average

Fires: 3,494
Acres: 78,664
(2008 – 2017 as of today)

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Regional Fires

Incident NameStateLead AgencySize (acres)Percent ContainedEstimate of ContainmentPersonnelStructures Destroyed
Buckeye, east of Nevada CityCATNF2.04100%December 16, 201760+0

California Fires

Incident NameStateLead AgencySize (acres)Percent ContainedEstimate of ContainmentPersonnelStructures Destroyed
Pleasant – north of BishopCACAL FIRE BDU2,25035%unknown400+0

Out of State Fires

Large Incident: A wildfire of 100 acres or more occurring in timber, or a wildfire of 300 acres or more occurring in grass/sage.
Wildland Fire: Any nonstructure fire, other than prescribed fire, that occurs in the wildland.
Wildland Fire – IMT1: Wildland fire; Type 1 Incident Management Team Assigned.
Wildland Fire – IMT2: Wildland fire; Type 2 Incident Management Team Assigned.
Wildland Fire – Other: Wildland fire; Other Incident Management Team Assigned besides a Type 1 or Type 2 team (e.g. Type 3).
Wildland Fire Use (WFU) Fire – A naturally ignited wildland fire that is managed to accomplish specific prestated resource management objectives in predefined geographic areas outlined in Fire Management Plans.

Map information provided courtesy of the UDSA Remote Sensing Application Center using data provided by the National Interagency Fire Center. The data is subject to change.

Weather Outlook

The cold upper level trough of low pressure over the Great Plains and the East has flattened out considerably and has migrated westward to impact the intermountain west with colder than average temperatures. Snow will continue across the Northern Rockies as an Arctic frontal boundary remains stalled along the Continental Divide.

Further south, much needed rain will continue along the Mexican border with New Mexico and across North Texas. Elsewhere expect overall breezy conditions with some pockets of critical fire weather across eastern Colorado and the panhandles of Texas and Oklahoma.

A major winter storm is expected across the northwestern portions of the country as a very moist system drops south from British Columbia and overrides the cold, Arctic airmass to produce copious amounts of snow across the Cascades, northern Idaho, and Western Montana through early Monday.

As the system moves into the Great Basin on Tuesday, much colder air shall be pulled down from central Canada into the West.

Ahead of the system, expect another round of critical fire weather conditions across New Mexico, Colorado, the panhandles, and western Kansas. A moderating but breezy westerly flow will develop mid-week allowing for temperatures to warm slightly. However, a very strong shot of cold air is could move into the northern Great Plains Thursday.

In Alaska, a warm ridge of high pressure will keep temperatures well above average through the weekend. However, a passing front will bring some snow to the interior Sunday night and Monday. Another, more significant round of snow is possible Wednesday and Wednesday night as another front passes.