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National Preparedness Level: 1

Northern California PL: 1

Southern California PL: 1

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January 24, 2020 - Initial attack was light with 104 new fires reported yesterday. 0 new large fires reported and 0 large fires contained.

This report will be posted every Friday at unless significant activity occurs. Active incidents are updated in real time.

Thirty-three wildland fire personnel are assigned to support large fires in New South Wales, Australia. Five wildland fire personnel are assigned to support large fires in South Australia, Australia. One hundred seventy-eight wildland fire personnel are assigned to support large fires in Victoria, Australia.

This week

Fires: 104
Acres: 773

Year to date

Fires: 739
Acres: 14,891

10-yr average

Fires: 947
Acres: 16,429
(2010 – 2019 as of today)

Regional Fires

Incident NameStateLead AgencySize (acres)Percent ContainedEstimate of ContainmentPersonnelStructures Destroyed
Dorsey, Grass ValleyCANEU38100%October 27 2019100+0

California Fires

Incident NameStateLead AgencySize (acres)Percent ContainedEstimate of ContainmentPersonnelStructures Destroyed
Cave, Santa BarbaraCASB County3,12690%December 13, 2019520

Out of State Fires

Incident NameStateLead AgencySize (acres)Percent ContainedEstimate of ContainmentPersonnelStructures Destroyed
Long Valley, NVNVTMFD2,468100%August 26, 2019551

Weather Outlook

A pair of weak disturbances will move across the Pacific Northwest and Northern Rockies on Friday and Saturday and will bring more moderate snowfall to the higher elevations. Residual snowpack deficits will disappear.

High pressure ridging over California and the Great Basin will keep temperatures above average. Pockets of fog and stratus will be possible inland in some of the deeper valleys as temperature inversions develop.

The active pattern will intensify slightly Sunday through Wednesday as three, stronger systems move into the Northwest and Northern California bringing more snow and valley rain. Looking inland along and east of the Continental Divide, overall dry conditions will continue along the Rocky Mountain Front from Colorado south into New Mexico. The best chances for rain or snow will be Monday night as a weakening system begins to move out of the mountains and into the central Great Plains.

The East will remain fairly moist over the next week; however, portions of south central Florida along and north of Lake Okeechobee will remain fairly dry. So, there might be a slight increase in Initial Attack over the next week or so.

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.