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as of October 13, 2023 at 7:30 a.m. MDT (on a scale from 1 to 5)

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December 8, 2023

Two new large fires were reported in North Carolina. To date, 53,610 wildfires burned 2,607,698 acres in the United States. This is below the 10-year averages of 54,829 wildfires and 6,906,264 acres burned. 

The National Significant Wildland Fire Potential Outlook, produced by the predictive services staff at the National Interagency Coordination Center was released on December 1 and above normal wildfire potential is possible in Hawaii over the next three months. The current wildland fire potential outlook and the monthly seasonal outlook podcast is also available. 


    An upper-level trough will move from the Front Range to the East Coast through the weekend and bring widespread precipitation from the eastern Plains to the East Coast, with the heaviest precipitation in the Appalachians to the East Coast and snow in the northern Plains. Breezy and dry southwest winds will create elevated to locally critical conditions across the southern High Plains today before winds diminish this weekend. Dry conditions are forecast on much of the Plains to the East Coast next week, but rain is likely to develop over the southern High Plains as an upper low moves into the Southwest. Overall, much the West will remain dry this weekend into next week with near to above average temperatures. However, scattered snow showers are forecast in the central Rockies today and a fast-moving upper trough will move into the Northwest and northern Rockies Sunday into Monday with light to moderate rain in the lower elevations and snow above 5,000 to 7,000 feet. Snow showers are forecast across much of the southern half of Alaska today into Saturday followed by a brief break before another upper trough brings more precipitation to southwest and south-central Alaska mid- next week. A weakening front will bring light showers to the western Hawai’ian Islands today with light to moderate trade winds returning Sunday and continuing into mid-next week. 

    Daily statistics
    Number of new large fires or emergency response
    * New fires are identified with an asterisk
    2 States currently reporting large fires:
    Number of active large fires
    Total does not include individual fires within complexes.
    Acres from active fires 304
    Fires contained 1
    Year-to-date statistics
    2023 (1/1/23-12/08/23) Fires: 53,610 Acres: 2,607,698
    2022 (1/1/22-12/08/22) Fires: 64,835 Acres: 7,421,439
    2021 (1/1/21-12/08/21) Fires: 55,861 Acres: 7,037,684
    2020 (1/1/20-12/08/20) Fires: 55,919 Acres: 9,623,601
    2019 (1/1/19-12/08/19) Fires: 48,011 Acres: 4,687,978
    2018 (1/1/18-12/08/18) Fires: 52,763 Acres: 8,507,409
    2017 (1/1/17-12/08/17) Fires: 58,198 Acres: 9,292,506
    2016 (1/1/16-12/08/16) Fires: 60,748 Acres: 5,306,407
    2015 (1/1/15-12/08/15) Fires: 56,250 Acres: 9,798,835
    2014 (1/1/14-12/08/14) Fires: 51,806 Acres: 3,486,180
    2013 (1/1/13-12/08/13) Fires: 45,233 Acres: 4,185,213
    10-year average Year-to-Date
    2013-2022 Fires: 54,829 Acres: 6,906,264
    Current Wildfires
    Fires: 2
    Acres: 304
    New: 2
    Contained: 1
    Fire Unit Agency Size % Ctn Location Information
    * Clear Creek
    North Carolina Forest Service
    ST 124 90 Started on private land five miles northwest of Marion, NC  
    * Locust Cove 2
    National Forests in North Carolina
    USFS 180 65 Eight miles northwest of Marion, NC  
    Sauratown Mountain
    North Carolina Forest Service
    ST 805 100