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National Preparedness Level 2

as of March 28, 2022 at 5 p.m. MDT (on a scale from 1 to 5)

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May 16, 2022

One new large fire was reported in New Hampshire yesterday. Nationally, 11 uncontained large fires have burned 387,633 acres. More than 4,500 wildland firefighters and support personnel are assigned to incidents across the country. Three Type 1 incident management teams (IMT) and three Type 2 IMTs are assigned in the Southwest area. One Complex IMT is assigned to the large fire in Teller County, Colorado. 

Large fire activity continues in the Southwest area where they are at preparedness level (PL) 4. The Southern, Eastern and Northern California areas are all at PL 2. 

When it comes to protecting homes and communities from wildfires, firefighters can not do it alone. As more of us live in the urban interface where homes and communities meet the wildlands, wildfire prevention and protection become everyone’s responsibility. Simple Firewise steps can help you and your neighbors minimize your risk from wildfire and maximize your safety. Reduce your risks and help our firefighters by becoming fire adaptive and Firewise.

The Predictive Services staff released the significant wildland fire potential outlook for May, June, July and August. This outlook highlights areas of the country with the potential for an above normal number of wildfires. Listen to the Predictive Services monthly seasonal outlook podcast.

Weather

Upper ridging will move over the High Plains today with a weak upper trough along the West Coast and another trough moving from the Appalachians to the East Coast. Dry, breezy southwest winds will develop over the greater Four Corners area with elevated to locally critical conditions. Elevated conditions are expected across the Big Bend and southern Permian Basin from breezy south winds as well. Isolated mixed wet and dry thunderstorms will develop near and east of a dry line across eastern New Mexico into southeast Colorado. With very unstable conditions across eastern New Mexico, pyrocumulonimbus are possible from any active fires, including the Hermits Peak fire. Low afternoon relative humidity will occur over the central and southern Florida Peninsula, but winds will be light. Showers with severe thunderstorms are likely ahead of a cold front from the Northeast into the Mid-Atlantic with scattered showers and thunderstorms across the Southeast. Scattered showers with isolated thunderstorms will develop across the northern Intermountain West as well. 

Daily statistics
Number of new large fires or emergency response

* New fires are identified with an asterisk
1 States currently reporting large fires:
Number of active large fires
Total does not include individual fires within complexes.
11
Acres from active fires 387,633
Fires contained 1
Year-to-date statistics
2022 (1/1/22-5/16/22) Fires: 24,762 Acres: 1,298,508
2021 (1/1/21-5/16/21) Fires: 21,523 Acres: 552,711
2020 (1/1/20-5/16/20) Fires: 15,642 Acres: 337,642
2019 (1/1/19-5/16/19) Fires: 12,567 Acres: 226,078
2018 (1/1/18-5/16/18) Fires: 21,810 Acres: 1,593,269
2017 (1/1/17-5/16/17) Fires: 22,401 Acres: 1,804,327
2016 (1/1/16-5/16/16) Fires: 17,853 Acres: 1,537,843
2015 (1/1/15-5/16/15) Fires: 19,705 Acres: 374,778
2014 (1/1/14-5/16/14) Fires: 22,306 Acres: 444,428
2013 (1/1/13-5/16/13) Fires: 15,613 Acres: 210,239
2012 (1/1/12-5/16/12) Fires: 20,027 Acres: 457,239
10-year average Year-to-Date
2012-2021 Fires: 18,781 Acres: 767,353
Current Wildfires
Fires: 2
Acres: 28,507
New: 0
Contained: 1
Fire Unit Agency Size % Ctn Location Information
Crooks

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Prescott National Forest

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USFS 9,402 96 11 miles south of Prescott Arizona 928-925-1111
Tunnel

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Coconino National Forest

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USFS 19,105 98 Approximately 14 miles NE of Flagstaff 928-224-8306
San Rafael

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Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management - Southeast District

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ST 11,620 100 22 miles SE Patagonia 602-540-1036
Fires: 1
Acres: 1,499
New: 0
Contained: 0
Fire Unit Agency Size % Ctn Location Information
High Park

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Teller County

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CNTY 1,499 27 5.5 miles west of Cripple Creek, CO 719-315-4005
Fires: 1
Acres: 2,710
New: 0
Contained: 0
Fire Unit Agency Size % Ctn Location Information
Blue Lakes

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Michigan Department of Natural Resources

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ST 2,710 72 Fourteen miles northwest of Atlanta, MI
Fires: 1
Acres: 106
New: 1
Contained: 0
Fire Unit Agency Size % Ctn Location Information
* Bemis

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White Mountain National Forest

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USFS 106 0 Started on state lands eight miles northwest of Bartlett, NH
Fires: 4
Acres: 353,455
New: 0
Contained: 0
Fire Unit Agency Size % Ctn Location Information
Bear Trap

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Cibola National Forest

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USFS 11,150 30 22 miles Southwest of Magdalena, NM. 928-362-2906
Black

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Gila National Forest

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USFS 7,735 0 24 miles N of Mimbres 662-318-3431
Cerro Pelado

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Santa Fe National Forest

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USFS 45,602 40 7 miles east of Jemez Springs 505-312-4593
Hermits Peak

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Santa Fe National Forest

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USFS 288,968 27 12 miles northwest of Las Vegas, NM 505-356-2636
Fires: 1
Acres: 598
New: 0
Contained: 0
Fire Unit Agency Size % Ctn Location Information
Driving Creek

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North Carolina Forest Service

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ST 598 75 Six miles north of Supply, NC
Fires: 1
Acres: 758
New: 0
Contained: 0
Fire Unit Agency Size % Ctn Location Information
Mayfield

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Texas A & M Forest Service

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ST 758 90 Started on private land 23 miles southwest of San Saba, TX