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National Preparedness Level 1

as of September 29, 2014 at 10 a.m. MDT (on a scale from 1 to 5)

Current hours for the National Fire Information Center are
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This report will be updated on Fridays.

February 20, 2015

Large fires remain active in the southern states. Four large active fires have burned 4,050 acres. Compared to the national annual average, 2015 is slightly higher in number of fires and lower in acres burned.

Weather: A sharp contrast in weather will continue to split the U.S. from west to east this week. Bitterly cold temperatures will continue to be 10 to 30 degrees below seasonal normals east of the Rockies. This pattern will be reinforced with several Arctic surges plunging southward, breaking record temperatures. Precipitation will be widespread in the eastern half of the country with periods of snow from the Great Lakes to New England. A replay of rain and freezing precipitation is expected from the southern plains through the southeast U.S. through early next week. Further west, the ridge of high pressure will move offshore, allowing a downstream trough to carve out cooler temperatures and precipitation for the Great Basin. The system will spread into the Rocky Mountain region with upslope snowfall this weekend and into next week. Meanwhile a closed low pressure system will circulate limited precipitation over southern California by the middle of next week.

Daily statistics 2/20/15
Number of new large fires 23 States currently reporting large fires:
Number of active large fires
Total number includes full suppression and resource managed fires.
Total does not include individual fires within complexes.
4

Oklahoma (3)
Texas (1)

Acres from active fires 4,050
Fires contained the week of 2/20/15 24
Year-to-date large fires contained 58
Year-to-date statistics
2015 (1/1/15 - 02/20/15) Fires: 5,040 Acres: 85,282
2014 (1/1/14 - 02/20/14) Fires: 4,022 Acres: 54,775
2013 (1/1/13 - 02/20/13) Fires: 1,962 Acres: 16,846
2012 (1/1/12 - 02/20/12) Fires: 3,672 Acres: 70,451
2011 (1/1/11 - 02/20/11) Fires: 6,956 Acres: 145,123
2010 (1/1/10 - 02/20/10) Fires: 1,652 Acres: 25,892
2009 (1/1/09 - 02/20/09) Fires: 6,552 Acres: 143,959
2008 (1/1/08 - 02/20/08) Fires: 5,594 Acres: 221,167
2007 (1/1/07 - 02/20/07) Fires: 2,358 Acres: 18,607
2006 (1/1/06 - 02/20/06) Fires: 5,159 Acres: 390,190
2005 (1/1/05 - 02/20/05) Fires: 3,470 Acres: 20,953
Annual average prior 10 years
2005-2014 Fires: 4,216

Acres: 112,660

Current Wildfires (none to report)
Fire Unit Agency Size % Ctn Location Information
Alabama Fires: 0 Acres: 0 New: 1 Contained: 1
Arkansas Fires: 0 Acres: 0 New: 5 Contained: 6
Georgia Fires: 0 Acres: 0 New: 2 Contained: 2
Louisiana Fires: 0 Acres: 0 New: 1 Contained: 1
Mississippi Fires: 0 Acres: 0 New: 2 Contained: 2
Oklahoma Fires: 2 Acres: 1,050 New: 10 Contained: 6
*Cupid Okmulgee Field Office BIA 150 90 3 miles southwest of Hanna  
*Lamar Castle Okmulgee Field Office BIA 700 60 1 mile west of Lamar  
*Sidewall Okmulgee Field Office BIA 200 75 4 miles northeast of Weleetka  
Texas Fires: 1 Acres: 3,000 New: 1 Contained: 0
*West End McFaddin National Wildlife Refuge FWS 3,000 75 4 miles east of High Island