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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:

January 15, 2021 – Initial attack was light with 158 new fires reported this week. 8 new large fires reported and 4 large fires contained.

This weekYear to date10-yr average
Fires: 158
Acres: 6,527
Fires: 373
Acres: 6,251
Fires: 182
Acres: 9,234
(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

Offshore flow will continue across southern California through the weekend with Red Flag and high-risk conditions today into Saturday. Post-frontal dry and windy conditions will develop today across portions of the central and southern Plains with blizzard conditions between the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers. An upper low will dive southward across the Intermountain West and into southern California and the Southwest early next week as upperlevel ridging gives way to upper-level troughing over the West next week.

A strong Santa Ana wind event is likely to start Monday and continue through Tuesday and possibly into Wednesday morning. Dry and windy conditions are also expected in portions of the southern Great Basin and Southwest early next week. Precipitation is forecast over much of the Southwest by mid-week with heavy rain possible in eastern Texas and southeast Oklahoma into the Lower Mississippi Valley late next week. There is a chance for more widespread precipitation over the West late next week into next weekend as the large-scale pattern begins to change.