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National Preparedness Level: 3

Northern California PL: 3

Southern California PL: 3

Current National Situation:

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July 17, 2018 - Initial attack was heavy with 302 new fires reported yesterday. 20 new large fires reported and 4 large fires contained.

Nationally, there are 21 large fires being managed under a strategy other than full suppression.

Yesterday

Fires: 302
Acres: 23,680

Year to date

Fires: 34,181
Acres: 3,409,055

10-yr average

Fires: 35,906
Acres: 3,280,322
(2008 – 2017 as of today)

Regional Fires

Incident NameStateLead AgencySize (acres)Percent ContainedEstimate of ContainmentPersonnelStructures Destroyed
Stoney, ChicoCACAL FIRE BTU95693%July 19, 2018200

California Fires

Incident NameStateLead AgencySize (acres)Percent ContainedEstimate of ContainmentPersonnelStructures Destroyed
Eagle, south of CedarvilleCABLM2,10041%July 20, 20182530
Ferguson, near El PortalCASNF12,5255%July 31, 20181,4860
Georges, northwest of Lone PineCAINF2,88342%July 23, 20182710
Valley, San BernardinoCABNF1,34824%July 21, 20186330

Out of State Fires

Incident NameStateLead AgencySize (acres)Percent ContainedEstimate of ContainmentPersonnelStructures Destroyed
Upper Colony, WellingtonNVBLM1,202100%June 27, 20182570

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 upper ridge will gradually drift east over the Four Corners region. A weakening upper wave will cross the northern Great Basin, pushing thunderstorm activity into Idaho, northern Nevada, northern Utah, southwestern Montana, and western Wyoming. Most of this activity will produce a few tenths of an inch of rain but some storms will produce lightning with little to no rainfall.

Scattered thunderstorms will continue across the Southwest and the southern Rockies where heavy rain is possible.

A front moving into the eastern half of the country will produce scattered showers and thunderstorms across a broad area east of the Mississippi River.

High pressure will drop into the Upper Midwest and Mid-Mississippi Valley bringing drier and slightly cooler conditions.

Hot weather will remain over much of the West and South.

In Alaska, scattered showers and thunderstorms will continue and temperatures will remain seasonal to cool.