National Fire News

National Preparedness Level 1 

as of October 28 at 7:00 a.m. MDT (on a scale from 1 to 5)

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February 3, 2023

No new large fires were reported in the United States this week. Since January 1, 1,688 wildfires have burned 112,882 acres. The 10-year average is 1,827 wildfires and 32,385 acres burned.

The National Interagency Coordination Center (NICC) Wildland Fire Summary and Statistics Annual Report for 2022 has been released! Nationally, 68,988 wildfires were reported in 2022, compared to 58,985 wildfires in 2021. These wildfires consumed 7,577,183 acres nationally, compared to 7,125,643 acres in 2021. Please note that statistics provided in this report are considered tactical in nature, and may not reflect official agency figures. 

The national wildland significant fire potential outlook is available for January through April 2023. Visit the Predictive Services website for more information about current weather conditions and listen to the Predictive Services monthly seasonal outlook podcast


Breezy and dry conditions are likely on the southern High Plains from eastern New Mexico into the Texas and Oklahoma Panhandles today through Monday. Elevated fire weather conditions are most likely across eastern New Mexico where fuels are driest. Breezy and dry conditions are also likely behind an Arctic cold front in southern New England and the Mid-Atlantic, with well below normal temperatures and dangerously cold wind chills. A surface low will bring showers and thunderstorms to portions of the northern and eastern Florida Peninsula today, otherwise much of Florida will remain dry through next week. An active pattern will return to the West Coast into the Intermountain West today and continue into next week. Periods of rain, with snow above 3,000 to 6,000 feet will occur across northern California, the Northwest, Great Basin, and Rockies. Light to moderate precipitation will occur with each storm and storms arriving every two to three days. However, much of southern California and Arizona will remain dry. A stronger storm is forecast to develop mid to late next week across the southern Plains, with precipitation likely from central and eastern New Mexico through the central and southern Plains into the Lower and Mid-Mississippi Valley. Periods of light mixed precipitation are likely in the Great Lakes into the Northeast next week as well. However, much of central Montana into the northern Plains will remain dry. 

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 0
    Fires contained 0
    Year-to-date statistics
    2023 (1/1/23-2/03/23) Fires: 1,688 Acres: 12,882
    2022 (1/1/23-2/03/23) Fires: 2,388 Acres: 40,822
    2021 (1/1/21-2/03/21) Fires: 1,934 Acres: 42,807
    2020 (1/1/20-2/03/20) Fires: 1,287 Acres: 25,049
    2019 (1/1/19-2/03/19) Fires: 809 Acres: 11,423
    2018 (1/1/18-2/03/18) Fires: 3,489 Acres: 74,229
    2017 (1/1/17-2/03/17) Fires: 2,739 Acres: 74,305
    2016 (1/1/16-2/03/16) Fires: 814 Acres: 21,805
    2015 (1/1/15-2/03/15) Fires: 2,043 Acres: 26,103
    2014 (1/1/14-2/03/14) Fires: 2,635 Acres: 38,991
    2013 (1/1/13-2/03/13) Fires: 1,010 Acres: 8,886
    10-year average Year-to-Date
    2013-2022 Fires: 1,827 Acres: 32,385
    Current Wildfires