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June 14, 2024

Fire activity continues to gradually increase nationwide, with large fires currently reported in six geographic areas. Currently, 11 large, uncontained fires are being managed under full suppression strategies, and 8 are being managed with strategies other than full suppression. More than 2,000 wildland firefighters and support personnel are assigned to incidents across the nation. 

To date, 18,211 wildfires have burned 2,051,475 acres. When compared to the 10-year average of 23,601 wildfires and 1,252,870 acres burned, 2024 is above average for acres burned. 

The national predictive services staff at the National Interagency Coordination Center released the National Significant Wildland Fire Potential Outlook for June through September. Parts of Arizona, New Mexico, Texas and Florida could see above normal potential for wildfires in June. For additional information about the current outlook visit the Outlook page on the NICC site

Weather, topography, and fuels (which mostly means vegetation, but includes anything that can burn) are the three factors that influence wildfires the most. Of these three environmental factors, fuels are the only one that we can influence. When fuels are reduced or broken up on forests and rangelands, wildfires tend to burn with less intensity and spread potential. By managing the fuels around your home, you create defensible space. Community fuels reduction projects protect homes, watersheds, and local economies. Learn more about how to make your home and community Firewise

Weather

A trough of low pressure off the Pacific Northwest begins to track inland today, bringing cooler temperatures to the Northwest, although above average temperatures will remain in place over much of the Great Basin, Southern California and the Southwest. Ahead of the trough, an increase in westerly, downslope flow and dry, breezy conditions are likely from the northern Sierra Nevada and western Nevada into much of Oregon and Washington with development of strong downslope flow and gap winds. Areas of the Southwest and southern California will also experience dry, breezy conditions, most notably in southeastern Arizona into western New Mexico, which overlaps with an area of potential for isolated dry thunderstorms in central Arizona. Widespread wetting rain is forecast in the Pacific Northwest, west of the Cascades, and there is a chance of rain and thunderstorms over much of New Mexico, Colorado and the High Plains, extending into the Upper Mississippi Valley. Storms to the east of the Divide are more likely to be accompanied by wetting rain. Southern Florida will continue to receive widespread thunderstorms and areas of heavy rain; up to 2.5 inches in some areas. A dry airmass will begin to flow over Alaska’s eastern interior off the Artic Ocean, potentially producing dry thunderstorms over the northeastern interior. Showers are likely to continue over the southwest and south- central portions of the state. 

Daily statistics
Number of new large fires or emergency response 
* New fires are identified with an asterisk
6 States currently reporting large fires:
Number of active large fires
Total does not include individual fires within complexes.
19
Acres from active fires 74,413
Fires contained 2
Year-to-date statistics
2024 (1/1/24-6/14/24) Fires: 18,211 Acres: 2,051,475
2023 (1/1/23-6/14/23) Fires: 21,104 Acres: 644,915
2022 (1/1/22-6/14/22) Fires: 29,966 Acres: 2,790,609
2021 (1/1/21-6/14/21) Fires: 27,324 Acres: 951,851
2020 (1/1/20-6/14/20) Fires: 21,220 Acres: 715,880
2019 (1/1/19-6/14/19) Fires: 17,010 Acres: 414,533
2018 (1/1/18-6/14/18) Fires: 26,135 Acres: 2,075,379
2017 (1/1/17-6/14/17) Fires: 26,831 Acres: 2,462,585
2016 (1/1/16-6/14/16) Fires: 22,527 Acres: 1,833,338
2015 (1/1/15-6/14/15) Fires: 23,940 Acres: 505,516
2014 (1/1/14-6/14/14) Fires: 23,463 Acres: 795,074
10-year average Year-to-Date
2014-2023 Fires: 23,762 Acres: 1,293,319
Current Wildfires
Fires: 5
Acres: 35,380
New: 3
Contained: 0
Fire Unit Agency Size % Ctn Location Information
Goldbug 
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Alaska Fire Service - Galena Zone 
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BLM 1,500 0    
McDonald 
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Alaska Fire Service - Military Zone 
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BLM 32,726 0 Started on DOD land 28 miles southwest of North Pole, AK  
* Owl 
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Alaska Fire Service - Upper Yukon Zone 
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BLM 304 0 Started on FWS land 58 miles northwest of Circle, AK  
* Tututalak 
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Alaska Fire Service - Galena Zone 
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BLM 500 0 Started on NPS land 64 miles northwest of Kivalina, AK  
* Urgoon 
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Alaska Fire Service - Galena Zone 
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BLM 350 0 Started on NPS land land 56 miles west of Kivalina, AK  
Fires: 5
Acres: 5,038
New: 1
Contained: 0
Fire Unit Agency Size % Ctn Location Information
Bear 
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Fort Apache Agency 
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BIA 447 43 Thirty miles southwest of Show Low, AZ 928-333-6280
* Cienega Creek 
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Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest 
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USFS 165 0 Nine miles southwest of Alpine, AZ  
North 
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Pima Agency 
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BIA 329 99 Ten miles south of Chandler, AZ  
Sourdough 
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Colorado River Agency 
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BIA 722 80 Four miles northeast of Ehrenberg, AZ  
Top 
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San Carlos Agency 
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BIA 3,375 75 Four miles northeast of Cutter, AZ  
Fires: 1
Acres: 472
New: 0
Contained: 1
Fire Unit Agency Size % Ctn Location Information
Stoddard 3 
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California Desert District 
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BLM 472 98 Thirteen miles southwest of Barstow, CA  
Bear 
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San Luis Obispo Unit 
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ST 1,410 100 Nineteen miles west of McKittrick, CA  
Fires: 2
Acres: 908
New: 1
Contained: 0
Fire Unit Agency Size % Ctn Location Information
Interlaken 
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Pike and San Isabel National Forest 
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USFS 585 5 Seven miles southwest of Leadville, CO  
* Snow Ranch 
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San Juan National Forest 
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USFS 323 0 Seven miles northeast of Piedra, CO  
Fires: 3
Acres: 29,459
New: 0
Contained: 0
Fire Unit Agency Size % Ctn Location Information
Antone 
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Gila National Forest 
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USFS 10,427 18 Fifteen miles northeast of Aragon, NM  
Blue 2 
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Lincoln National Forest 
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USFS 7,532 92 Nine miles northwest of Ruidoso, NM  
Indios 
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Santa Fe National Forest 
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USFS 11,500 90 Seven miles north of Coyote, NM  
Fires: 1
Acres: 300
New: 1
Contained: 0
Fire Unit Agency Size % Ctn Location Information
* Little Twist 
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Fishlake National Forest 
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USFS 300 0 Five miles southeast of Beaver, UT  
Fires: 1
Acres: 1,756
New: 0
Contained: 1
Fire Unit Agency Size % Ctn Location Information
Pioneer 
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Southeast Region-Department of Natural Resources 
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ST 1,756 0    
Cold Creek 
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Mid Columbia National Wildlife Refuge Complex 
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FWS 572 100    
Fires: 1
Acres: 1,100
New: 0
Contained: 0
Fire Unit Agency Size % Ctn Location Information
Creek 
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Crook County 
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CNTY 1,100 0 Fifteen miles north of Hulett, WY