National Fire News

National Preparedness Level 2

as of April 1, 2021 at 6 p.m. MDT (on a scale from 1 to 5)

Current hours for the National Fire Information Center are
(MST) 8:00 am - 4:30pm, Monday - Friday

This report will be updated on Monday through Friday.
Please check the IMSR for more information.

May 14, 2021

Nationally, four large fires have burned 15,882 acres in three states. To date, 20,991 wildfires have burned 548,542 acres in the United States. The number of acres burned is below the 10-year average of 958,151 acres.

More people may be recreating on public lands as summer approaches. Be aware of local public safety area closures. Take extra precaution before venturing out and be careful with anything that could start a fire.



An upper-level trough moves onshore and strengthens over northern California today. This along with a residual surface front could provide enough moisture and lift for isolated to scattered showers and thunderstorms along and east of the Oregon Cascades, over portions of northern California, and stretching east along the Nevada, Idaho, and Utah borders. Additionally, moisture will increase over New Mexico and far eastern Arizona with scattered thunderstorms likely. Thunderstorms are also likely across the length of the Rockies. Dry and breezy conditions are expected east of the Sierra and along the desert slopes in southern California. Elevated to locally critical conditions will develop across southern Utah into the southwest Colorado as well. Dry conditions are likely to continue in eastern North Dakota into the western Great Lakes with drier thunderstorms also possible in far eastern North Dakota and northern Minnesota.

Daily statistics
Number of new large fires or emergency response
* New fires are identified with an asterisk
0 States currently reporting large fires:
Number of active large fires
Total does not include individual fires within complexes.
Acres from active fires 15,882
Fires contained 2
Year-to-date statistics
2021 (1/1/21-5/14/21) Fires: 20,991 Acres: 548,542
2020 (1/1/20-5/14/20) Fires: 15,258 Acres: 33,954
2019 (1/1/19-5/14/19) Fires: 12,364 Acres: 223,675
2018 (1/1/18-5/14/18) Fires: 21,196 Acres: 1,475,722
2017 (1/1/17-5/14/17) Fires: 22,129 Acres: 2,100,064
2016 (1/1/16-5/14/16) Fires: 17,568 Acres: 1,513,124
2015 (1/1/15-5/14/15) Fires: 19,226 Acres: 370,135
2014 (1/1/14-5/14/14) Fires: 21,909 Acres: 442,811
2013 (1/1/13-5/14/13) Fires: 15,115 Acres: 178,664
2012 (1/1/12-5/14/12) Fires: 19,446 Acres: 405,439
2011 (1/1/11-5/14/11) Fires: 25,443 Acres: 2,729,948
10-year average Year-to-Date
2011-2020 Fires: 18,704 Acres: 958,151
Current Wildfires
Fires: 2
Acres: 8,392
New: 0
Contained: 1
Fire Unit Agency Size % Ctn Location Information
Copper Canyon
Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management - Central District
ST 2,875 68 3 miles NE of Globe 602-540-1036
Phoenix District Office
BLM 5,517 66 7 miles SW of Crown King, AZ 928-228-0720
Gila River
Gila District Office
BLM 241 100 8-10 miles northeast of Florence, along Gila River 520-345-2825
Fires: 1
Acres: 450
New: 0
Contained: 0
Fire Unit Agency Size % Ctn Location Information
Pine IC
Los Angeles County Fire Department
ST 450 40 Thirty miles southeast of Palmdale, CA  
Fires: 0
Acres: 0
New: 0
Contained: 1
Fire Unit Agency Size % Ctn Location Information
Otter Slide
Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge
FWS 1,451 100    
Fires: 1
Acres: 7,040
New: 0
Contained: 0
Fire Unit Agency Size % Ctn Location Information
Three Rivers
Lincoln National Forest
USFS 7,040 50 North side-Ruidoso, NM South side-Three Rivers CG, Mescalero and Tularosa, NM 575-257-4095