(On a scale from 1 to 5)

National Preparedness Level: 1

Northern California PL: 2

Southern California PL: 2

This overview report will post every Friday unless significant activity occurs. Active incidents will be updated in real time.

Current National Situation:

February 26, 2021 – Initial attack was light with 362 new fires reported this week. 8 new large fires reported and 2 large fires contained.

This weekYear to date10-yr average
Fires: 362
Acres: 2,878
Fires: 2,986
Acres: 60,064
Fires: 4,560
Acres: 94,192
(2011 – 2020 as of today)

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Regional fires

California fires

Incident NameStateLead AgencySize (acres)Percent ContainedEstimate of ContainmentPersonnelStructures Destroyed
SQF ComplexCASQF174,17895%January 7, 202128228

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

An upper-level trough will move south and weaken over the Intermountain West this weekend with an upper low tracking southeast across the Great Lakes and Northeast bringing snow to these regions early next week. An upper-level ridge will move east from the northeast Pacific over the West and to the north of the weakening upper low late this weekend into next week. The Bermuda High will extend over much of Florida and portions of the Gulf Coast and Deep South with heavy rain likely along the northern periphery of the Bermuda High extending across northern portions of the Southern Area and southern portions of the Eastern Area today into next week.

Strong offshore winds are expected across California today through the weekend and possibly continuing into Monday morning. Dry and windy conditions are also expected in portions of the southern Great Basin and Southwest ahead and behind a cold front driving southward across the Intermountain West. Elevated to locally critical fire weather conditions are also likely at times today into next week across snow-free portions of the Plains, especially the High Plains. An increase of significant fire potential will likely accompany these dry and windy conditions across southern California, the southern Great Basin, the Southwest, and portions of the Plains.