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National Preparedness Level: 1

Northern California PL: 1

Southern California PL: 1

Current National Situation:

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March 27, 2020 - Initial attack was light with 312 new fires reported this week. 2 new large fires reported and 4 large fires contained.

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

Area Command teams (Team 1 Stutler, Team 2 Sexton and Team 3 Jalbert) along with IMT2 (EA Silver Team) have been assigned by the National Multi-Agency Coordinating Group (NMAC) to develop a national COVID19 wildland fire response plan.

NIMO (Day) has been assigned to Forest Service Region 5 COVID-19 Support.

NIMO (Houseman) has been assigned to COVID-19 support at Forest Service headquarters in Washington D.C.

IMT1 (NW Team 2) has been assigned to WA State EOC, providing complexity analysis, risk assessments and short/long-term planning guidance.

IMT2 (NW Team 13) has been assigned to the Spokane Regional Health District, WA assisting with strategic planning and building capacity.

This week

Fires: 312
Acres: 2,584

Year to date

Fires: 5,885
Acres: 112,021

10-yr average

Fires: 9,654
Acres: 461,099
(2010 – 2019 as of today)

Regional Fires

Incident NameStateLead AgencySize (acres)Percent ContainedEstimate of ContainmentPersonnelStructures Destroyed
Willow, Collins LakeCANEU8100%March 10, 202080+0

California Fires

Incident NameStateLead AgencySize (acres)Percent ContainedEstimate of ContainmentPersonnelStructures Destroyed
Baseball, Mendocino Natl. ForestCAMNF211100%March 3, 20201000

Out of State Fires

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

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 along the state lines of Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Colorado due to high southwesterly winds and low humidities may be offset by greening fuel conditions on Friday as a strong cold front passes.

Following a brief warming trend in the West, scattered storms are expected Sunday across the Great Basin and the Northern Rockies as a weak cold front passes and cools temperatures.

A warming and drying trend will begin again across the West Monday and last through Wednesday as a weakening high pressure ridge moves over the area and is eventually flattened by another approaching system on Thursday.

Expect more scattered rain and snow showers over the mountains from Northern California and Nevada north into Canada as it passes.

In the East, widespread showers and storms are expected across the entire eastern half of the country Tuesday and Tuesday night, including Florida, as a strong cold front passes.