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National Preparedness Level: 2

Northern California PL: 1

Southern California PL: 2

Current National Situation:


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Initial attack was light with 118 new fires reported yesterday. 2 new large fires reported and 8 large fires contained.


Fires: 118

Acres: 2,319

Year to date

Fires: 15,236
Acres: 870,720

10-yr average

Fires: 16,837
Acres: 794,298
(2008 – 2017 as of today)

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Regional Fires

Incident NameStateLead AgencySize (acres)Percent ContainedEstimate of ContainmentPersonnelStructures Destroyed
Nevada, Nevada County AirportCACAL FIRE NEU100%April 18, 201880+1

California Fires

Incident NameStateLead AgencySize (acres)Percent ContainedEstimate of ContainmentPersonnelStructures Destroyed
Moffat, near Lone PineCACAL FIRE BDU1,05025%unknown4950

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

Critical fire weather conditions will continue today across portions of Arizona, New Mexico, and extreme West Texas as the compact low pressure area slows its eastward track across southern Colorado.

Breezy westerly winds along with low humidities will be most pronounced along the Mexican Border.

Looking elsewhere across the region, pockets of critical fire weather conditions will also be possible along the California/Nevada state lines.

Elsewhere across the CONUS, conditions will be mostly quiet albeit dry across coastal areas of the southeast.

In Alaska, a stalled cold front across the interior will bring pockets of late season snow to areas along the Alaska Range. A breezy northeasterly flow will develop behind the front across the northern third of the state with the windiest conditions observed along the coast from Wainwright southwest to Nome.