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as of October 21, 2021 at 5 p.m. MDT (on a scale from 1 to 5)

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December 3, 2021

Thirteen new large fires were reported this week in Arkansas, Kentucky, Missouri, Montana, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and West Virginia. Ten uncontained large fires have burned 105,279 acres. To date, 54,350 wildfires have burned 6,802,729 acres, which is slightly below the 10-year average for acres burned.

Stay informed of current and predicted environmental conditions such as weather and drying vegetation. The December, January, February, and March wildland fire outlook by Predictive Services at the National Interagency Coordination Center are now available.

 

Weather

Dry and windy conditions are expected along and east of the Appalachians in West Virginia, Virginia, and Maryland today. Low relative humidity will continue tomorrow, with values likely dipping below 25%. Lower relative humidity will continue across portions of the South today, especially east of the Appalachians from the Carolinas through Georgia, with little to no precipitation forecast through early next week. Weak to moderate Santa Ana winds are likely Sunday night and again Tuesday into Wednesday in southern California. Periodic dry and breezy conditions are forecast across portions of the High Plains into next week, especially on the southern High Plains next week. Light to moderate precipitation will continue across portions of the Northwest and Northern Rockies through the weekend. Chances of precipitation increase on Monday across the northern half of the West as an upper-level trough tracks from the Pacific Northwest through the Great Basin. Heavy precipitation is likely in the Coast Ranges and Cascades of the Pacific Northwest and in portions of the northern and central Rockies on late Sunday through Monday. Colder temperatures will accompany this storm, with snow in the mountains and in higher elevation valleys and basins. Scattered showers are expected in portions of the Southwest on Tuesday as well. Showers and thunderstorms are likely to return to the Mississippi Valley and Great Lakes by Sunday and spread eastward through mid-week. 

Daily statistics
Number of new large fires or emergency response
* New fires are identified with an asterisk
13 States currently reporting large fires:
Number of active large fires
Total does not include individual fires within complexes.
10
Acres from active fires 105,279
Fires contained 7
Year-to-date statistics
2021 (1/1/21-12/03/21) Fires: 54,350 Acres: 6,802,729
2020 (1/1/20-12/03/20) Fires: 52,934 Acres: 9,539,554
2019 (1/1/19-12/03/19) Fires: 47,703 Acres: 4,682,157
2018 (1/1/18-12/03/18) Fires: 52,603 Acres: 8,490,149
2017 (1/1/17-12/03/17) Fires: 57,449 Acres: 9,246,118
2016 (1/1/16-12/03/16) Fires: 60,365 Acres: 5,292,111
2015 (1/1/15-12/03/15) Fires: 56,186 Acres: 9,798,953
2014 (1/1/14-12/03/14) Fires: 51,621 Acres: 3,463,559
2013 (1/1/13-12/03/13) Fires: 44,737 Acres: 4,169,883
2012 (1/1/12-12/03/12) Fires: 55,654 Acres: 9,161,340
2011 (1/1/11-12/03/11) Fires: 66,664 Acres: 8,500,005
10-year average Year-to-Date
2011-2020 Fires: 54,485 Acres: 7,228,178
Current Wildfires
Fires: 0
Acres: 0
New: 0
Contained: 2
Fire Unit Agency Size % Ctn Location Information
TL Duck Nest
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National Forests in Alabama
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USFS 389 100 Nine miles southeast of Oxford, AL  
TL Fall Branch
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National Forests in Alabama
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USFS 753 100 Twelve miles southeast of Oxford, AL  
Fires: 1
Acres: 2,060
New: 1
Contained: 0
Fire Unit Agency Size % Ctn Location Information
* Fodderstock
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Ouachita National Forest
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USFS 2,060 75 Five miles northeast of Athens, AR  
Fires: 1
Acres: 88,307
New: 0
Contained: 0
Fire Unit Agency Size % Ctn Location Information
KNP Complex
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Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks
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NPS 88,307 80 Sequoia National Park 559-565-3704
Fires: 1
Acres: 200
New: 2
Contained: 1
Fire Unit Agency Size % Ctn Location Information
* Cat Hollow
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Daniel Boone National Forest
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USFS 200 60 Five miles southwest of Essie, KY  
* Big Creek Mountain
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Kentucky Division of Forestry
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ST 183 100    
Fires: 0
Acres: 0
New: 3
Contained: 3
Fire Unit Agency Size % Ctn Location Information
* 22
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Mark Twain National Forest
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USFS 160 100    
* Buttram
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Mark Twain National Forest
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USFS 444 100    
* Otter
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Mark Twain National Forest
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USFS 123 100    
Fires: 3
Acres: 12,923
New: 2
Contained: 0
Fire Unit Agency Size % Ctn Location Information
Crown Mountain
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Helena - Lewis and Clark National Forest
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USFS 1,379 40 15 miles southwest of Augusta, Montana 406-594-6497
* Dump Road
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Blackfeet Agency
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BIA 900 65 One mile southeast of Browning, MT  
* West Wind
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Fergus County
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ST 10,644 0 Denton, MT (39 miles northwest of Lewistown, MT) 406-290-3017
Fires: 2
Acres: 1,375
New: 2
Contained: 0
Fire Unit Agency Size % Ctn Location Information
* Grindstone
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North Carolina Forest Service
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ST 1,050 90 One mile northwest of Pinnacle, NC  
* Huntsville Mountain
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North Carolina Forest Service
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ST 325 60 Six miles southeast of Marion, NC  
Fires: 1
Acres: 282
New: 1
Contained: 0
Fire Unit Agency Size % Ctn Location Information
* Birdsong Crossing
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Oklahoma Division of Forestry
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ST 282 50 Two miles southwest of Rattan, OK  
Fires: 0
Acres: 0
New: 1
Contained: 1
Fire Unit Agency Size % Ctn Location Information
* Mountain Road
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Tennessee Division of Forestry
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ST 216 100    
Fires: 1
Acres: 132
New: 1
Contained: 0
Fire Unit Agency Size % Ctn Location Information
* Beauty Mountain
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New River Gorge National River
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NPS 132 50