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

Northern California PL: 1

Southern California PL: 1

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

Current National Situation:

March 10, 2023 – Initial attack was light with 703 new fires reported. 17 new large fire reported and 20 large fires contained.

This report will be posted every Friday unless significant activity occurs.

This weekYear to date10-yr average
Fires: 703
Acres: 15,218
Fires: 5,431
Acres: 73,072
Fires: 6,214
Acres: 282,413
(2013 – 2022 as of today)
Changes in some agency YTD acres reflect more accurate mapping or reporting adjustments.

Regional fires

Incident NameStateLead AgencySize (acres)Percent ContainedEstimate of ContainmentPersonnelStructures Destroyed
Mosquito, Oxbow ReservoirCATNF76,788100%October 22, 202276178

California fires

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

A strong atmospheric river will continue to move into California and the Great Basin today, with heavy snow in the Sierra and higher elevations of the Great Basin, while heavy rain falls in the middle to lower elevations. Areas of flooding will continue in California and portions of western Nevada. Lighter precipitation will fall across the Northwest and northern and central Rockies today. This weekend, light to moderate precipitation will continue before another atmospheric river makes landfall on the West Coast early to mid-next week and brings precipitation to much of the West, heaviest in California.

Elevated to locally critical conditions are likely across much of the central and southern High Plains today and Saturday, then return mid-next week after a brief break of higher relative humidity and light winds Sunday into Monday. Periods of light to moderate precipitation are possible today and Monday across the Southeast and Florida Peninsula. However, not all areas will receive wetting rain, and with dry northwest winds forecast behind each round of precipitation, areas that receive little rainfall will continue to have moderate risk of significant fires for the next week, especially across Florida, Georgia, and the Carolinas. Meanwhile, rain with snow on the northern fringes, is forecast this weekend from the northern Plains into the Great Lakes, then move into the Northeast early next week.