National Preparedness Level: 3 (On a scale from 1 to 5)

Northern California PL: 3

Southern California PL: 2

Smaller, local incidents are listed in the Happening Now section.

Current National Situation:

August 16, 2022 – Initial attack was light with 129 new fires reported. 9 new large fires reported and 5 large fires contained.

YesterdayYear to date10-yr average
Fires: 129
Acres: 31,827
Fires: 42,349
Acres: 5,917,086
Fires: 37,938
Acres: 4,493,445
(2012 – 2021 as of today)
Changes in some agency YTD acres reflect more accurate mapping or reporting adjustments.

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Regional fires

Incident NameStateLead AgencySize (acres)Percent ContainedEstimate of ContainmentPersonnelStructures Destroyed
Oak, Yankee Jims areaCANEU2270%August 17, 2022600
PlumCATNF12100%August 13, 2022500

California fires

Incident NameStateLead AgencySize (acres)Percent ContainedEstimate of ContainmentPersonnelStructures Destroyed
Six Rivers Lightning ComplexCASRF21,60919%August 27, 20222,0402
Yeti and Alex, Happy CampCAKNF7,88690%August 20, 20222000
McKinney, Klamath NFCAKNF60,39295%August 30, 20221,199185
Oak, MariposaCAMMU19,24498%November 1, 202265127

Out of state fires

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

Hot, dry, and locally breezy conditions are likely across much of central and northern California, the Inland Northwest, northern Great Basin, and Northern Rockies, with an increase of fire activity expected. Isolated mixed wet and dry thunderstorms are likely in the central and northern Sierra into northeast California and possibly south-central Oregon, with drier storms more likely farther north. Storms are expected mostly along and east of the Sierra and Cascade Crests, but there is potential for some of them to drift west of the crests, with a few storms continuing overnight. Isolated to scattered mixed wet and dry thunderstorms are likely across the southern Sierra and southern into central and western Nevada, with wetter thunderstorms in southeast California, including eastern slopes of the Peninsular Ranges. Widespread monsoon thunderstorms are expected across Arizona into New Mexico, southern Utah, and southern Colorado. Thunderstorms and showers remain likely across far southwest Texas and south Texas and along much of the Gulf and southeast Atlantic coasts. Scattered thunderstorms are also likely across much of Kansas and Oklahoma into the Lower Mississippi Valley.