National Fire News

National Preparedness Level 1 

as of October 13, 2023 at 7:30 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.
Please check the IMSR for more information.

March 4, 2024

7 new large fires have been reported since our previous update on Friday, located in in Oklahoma, Florida, Arkansas, Colorado, Wyoming, Kansas, and Minnesota. Large fires in the Southern Area continue to make up the majority of the national fire activity. Active fire behavior continues in the Texas panhandle on the Smokehouse Creek, Windy Deuce, and Grape Vine Creek Fires, as well as the Catesby Fire in Oklahoma, and although there have been successes in increasing containment, structures and resources remain at risk in these areas. To follow updates on specific fires, visit https://inciweb.wildfire.gov

Unauthorized aircraft, including drones, puts firefighters at serious risk. The presence of unauthorized aircraft over or near active wildfire operations will result in authorized aircraft being grounded until the situation is resolved, which delays critical work to contain these fires. Please keep your drones away from fire operations. If you fly, we can't. 

Visit the NIFC website prevention page to learn how you can plan and prepare for wildfires, and prevent unwanted human-caused fires: https://www.nifc.gov/fire-information/fire-prevention-education-mitigation.

    Weather

    Breezy and dry westerly winds creating elevated fire weather conditions are likely across the Trans Pecos and Big Bend today, but winds overall will be lighter with much cooler temperatures across the central and southern Plains. A strong cold front will move from the Mississippi Valley today to the East Coast by Wednesday bring widespread rain to the eastern US, heaviest across the Lower Mississippi Valley, Southeast, Mid-Atlantic, and the Northeast. A storm will move through the West through midweek bringing light to moderate precipitation, with snow levels 2,000 to 4,000 feet across the northern half of the West, and 5,000 to 7,000 feet from California to the southern Rockies. As this storm moves onto the Plains, breezy and dry southwesterly winds will return to portions of the central and southern High Plains Wednesday into Thursday. However, more moisture will be drawn northward with widespread precipitation for the eastern Plains to the Appalachians, with light precipitation for the High Plains late Thursday into Friday behind the cold front. Breezy trade winds will continue across Hawai’i with widespread showers through midweek, especially for the windward sides, and potential flooding on the Big Island. Near to below normal temperatures will continue over Interior Alaska, while periods of light precipitation continue across western and southern Alaska. 

    Daily statistics
    Number of new large fires or emergency response

    * New fires are identified with an asterisk
    7 States currently reporting large fires:
    Number of active large fires
    Total does not include individual fires within complexes.
    20
    Acres from active fires 389,849
    Fires contained 13
    Year-to-date statistics
    2024 (1/1/24-3/04/24) Fires: 4,878 Acres: 1,417,416
    2023 (1/1/23-3/04/23) Fires: 4,399 Acres: 53,864
    2022 (1/1/22-3/04/22) Fires: 8,796 Acres: 210,546
    2021 (1/1/21-3/04/21) Fires: 3,891 Acres: 79,896
    2020 (1/1/20-3/04/20) Fires: 3,344 Acres: 69,650
    2019 (1/1/19-3/04/19) Fires: 2,229 Acres: 40,813
    2018 (1/1/18-3/04/18) Fires: 6,704 Acres: 157,369
    2017 (1/1/17-3/04/17) Fires: 8,131 Acres: 233,399
    2016 (1/1/16-3/04/16) Fires: 4,529 Acres: 198,573
    2015 (1/1/15-3/04/15) Fires: 5,819 Acres: 92,737
    2014 (1/1/14-3/04/14) Fires: 6,157 Acres: 74,692
    10-year average Year-to-Date
    2014-2023 Fires: 5,275 Acres: 117,174
    Current Wildfires
    Fires: 2
    Acres: 850
    New: 0
    Contained: 1
    Fire Unit Agency Size % Ctn Location Information
    Robert Walker Rd

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    Alabama Forestry Commission

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    ST 550 50 Four miles northwest of Citronelle, AL
    Wasington

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    Alabama Forestry Commission

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    ST 300 50 Four miles southeast of Leroy, AL
    Russell Rd

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    Alabama Forestry Commission

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    ST 375 100 Three miles southwest of Citronelle, AL
    Fires: 0
    Acres: 0
    New: 1
    Contained: 1
    Fire Unit Agency Size % Ctn Location Information
    * Sanders Road

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    Buffalo National River

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    NPS 1,100 100
    Fires: 2
    Acres: 3,702
    New: 1
    Contained: 0
    Fire Unit Agency Size % Ctn Location Information
    * Boggsville

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    Bent County Office

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    CNTY 1,030 80 Two miles south of Las Animas, CO
    Range 153

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    Fort Carson Army Base

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    DoD 2,672 0 Ten miles southwest of Fountain, CO
    Fires: 2
    Acres: 1,000
    New: 1
    Contained: 0
    Fire Unit Agency Size % Ctn Location Information
    * Brushy Crossing

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    National Forests in Florida

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    USFS 350 80 Twelve miles north of Sumatra, FL
    Mills Rd

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    Florida Forest Service

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    ST 650 95 Three miles southeast of Brewster, FL
    Fires: 0
    Acres: 0
    New: 1
    Contained: 1
    Fire Unit Agency Size % Ctn Location Information
    * Watkins Road

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    Saline County

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    CNTY 1,280 100
    Fires: 1
    Acres: 500
    New: 1
    Contained: 0
    Fire Unit Agency Size % Ctn Location Information
    * Snake Trail

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    500 20 Three miles northeast of Waseca, MN
    Fires: 2
    Acres: 1,686
    New: 0
    Contained: 1
    Fire Unit Agency Size % Ctn Location Information
    FS 310B

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    National Forests in Mississippi

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    USFS 725 0 Three miles northeast of Brooklyn, MS
    Griffin Creek

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    National Forests in Mississippi

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    USFS 961 97 Seventeen miles northeast of Richton, MS
    Range 50B

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    National Forests in Mississippi

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    USFS 754 100 Ten miles northeast of Brooklyn, MS
    Fires: 1
    Acres: 613
    New: 0
    Contained: 0
    Fire Unit Agency Size % Ctn Location Information
    Three Circle

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    Rosebud County

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    ST 613 0 Seventeen miles southwest of Ashland, MT
    Fires: 1
    Acres: 69,810
    New: 0
    Contained: 0
    Fire Unit Agency Size % Ctn Location Information
    Betty’s Way

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    Nebraska Forest Service

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    ST 69,810 98 Three miles northwest of Stapleton, NE
    Fires: 5
    Acres: 122,685
    New: 1
    Contained: 8
    Fire Unit Agency Size % Ctn Location Information
    * Cabin

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    Oklahoma Division of Forestry

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    ST 109 50 Eleven miles south of Stilwell, OK
    Catesby

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    Oklahoma Division of Forestry

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    ST 90,699 42 Four miles south of Catesby, OK
    East 1980 Road

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    Oklahoma Division of Forestry

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    ST 5,545 50 Six miles north of Hugo, OK
    Slapout

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    Oklahoma Division of Forestry

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    ST 26,020 80 Six miles west of Laverne, OK
    Tiger Creek

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    Okmulgee Field Office

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    BIA 312 80 Six miles northwest of Kellyville, OK
    Circle Drive

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    Oklahoma Division of Forestry

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    ST 273 100 Five miles southwest of Keys, OK
    Gaines Creek

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    Oklahoma Division of Forestry

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    ST 650 100 Thirty-two miles southeast of McAlester, OK
    Hick’s Branch

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    Oklahoma Division of Forestry

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    ST 575 100 Nine miles west of Park Hill, OK
    Jackjumper

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    Cherokee Nation Tribe

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    BIA 240 100 Eleven miles south of Stilwell, OK
    Jbar

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    Oklahoma Division of Forestry

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    ST 110 100 Two miles northeast of Jay, OK
    Kenwood 11

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    Cherokee Nation Tribe

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    BIA 316 100 Eleven miles east of Salina, OK
    L Road

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    Oklahoma Division of Forestry

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    ST 323 100 Nine miles north of Guymon, OK
    Lost

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    Oklahoma Division of Forestry

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    ST 114 100 Seven miles southwest of Westville, OK
    Fires: 3
    Acres: 182,385
    New: 0
    Contained: 1
    Fire Unit Agency Size % Ctn Location Information
    Grape Vine Creek

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    Texas A & M Forest Service

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    ST 34,882 60 Started on private land one mile north of Stinnett, TX
    Magenta

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    Texas A & M Forest Service

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    ST 3,297 85 Started on private land seven miles south of Channing, TX
    Windy Deuce

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    Texas A & M Forest Service

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    ST 144,206 55 Started on private land six miles east of Masterson, TX
    New Hope

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    National Forests And Grasslands In Texas

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    USFS 779 100 Twelve miles east of New Waverly, TX
    Fires: 1
    Acres: 6,618
    New: 1
    Contained: 0
    Fire Unit Agency Size % Ctn Location Information
    * Happy Jack

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    Laramie County

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    CNTY 6,618 90 Seven miles northwest of Cheyenne, WY