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as of October 4 at 12 pm MDT (on a scale from 1 to 5)

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May 17, 2019

Fire activity remained minimal across most of the United States. Two new large fires were reported, one in Florida and one in New Mexico. Firefighters continue to make progress on the Oregon Lakes fire in Alaska and the Thick Root fire in Florida.

Weather: The dramatic pattern change across the West continues entering the forecast period as the unseasonably cool and wet low pressure system moves into the northern Great Basin Friday and allows for rain to continue falling across the northwestern quarter of the country. To the south, pockets of critical fire weather conditions are expected as a breezy, dry, but cooler than average westerly flow continues. A second period of cool and wet conditions begins Saturday as an even cooler system approaches the coast of California and Oregon. Rain and mountain snow is expected on a broader scale through Sunday night in the higher elevations of northern California, Oregon, Nevada, and Utah. Some lower elevations across extreme western Oregon could see some accumulating snowfall briefly Sunday night as the system begins to move southeast. On Monday, the strong system will begin to warm as it moves toward the Four Corners. High pressure will briefly move on shore into California and southwestern Oregon and will allow for some warming to occur. Critical fire weather conditions will again develop across portions of the Southwest as winds increase and as humidity levels remain dry. A third strong system is expected to move into the Pacific Northwest and northern California Tuesday night and Wednesday bringing more rain and mountain snow. This system will split into two with both systems stalling out. One will be centered over Montana and will take the majority of the moisture and cold air with it, and the other will take up residence over the Southwest and will be mostly dry and windy on its eastern flanks. In Alaska, the convective southerly flow will gradually transition briefly to a warm and dry pattern across the Interior as high pressure builds in from the Yukon Territory. However, the convective pattern will resume mid-week as the ridge drifts eastward and weakens.

Daily statistics 5/17/19
Number of new large fires or emergency response 2 States currently reporting large fires:
Number of active large fires
Total does not include individual fires within complexes.
2

Alaska (1)
Florida (1)

Acres from active fires 14,793
Fires contained 3
Year-to-date statistics
2019 (1/1/18 - 5/17/19) Fires: 12,567 Acres: 226,078
2018 (1/1/17 - 5/17/18) Fires: 21,997 Acres: 1,600,169
2017 (1/1/16 - 5/17/17) Fires: 22,518 Acres: 2,108,768
2016 (1/1/15 - 5/17/16) Fires: 18,188 Acres: 1,542,953
2015 (1/1/14 - 5/17/15) Fires: 19,741 Acres: 375,155
2014 (1/1/13 - 5/17/14) Fires: 22,527 Acres: 462,319
2013 (1/1/12 - 5/17/13) Fires: 15,971 Acres: 211,225
2012 (1/1/11 - 5/17/12) Fires: 20,,099 Acres: 473,859
2011 (1/1/10 - 5/17/11) Fires: 25,804 Acres: 2,664,606
2010 (1/1/09 - 5/17/10) Fires: 23,899 Acres: 348,404
2009 (1/1/08 - 5/17/09) Fires: 32,251 Acres: 1,297,145
10-year average Year-to-Date
2009-2018 Fires: 22,752 Acres: 1,089,366
Current Wildfires
Fire Unit Agency Size % Ctn Location Information
Alaska Fires: 1 Acres: 5,633 New: 0 Contained: 0
Oregon Lakes Military Zone, Alaska Forest Service ST 14,265 32 13 miles south of Wickenburg  
Florida Fires: 1 Acres: 528 New: 1 Contained: 1
Thick Root Big Cypress National Preserve NPS 528 25 30 miles east of Naples  
* Wood Florida Forest Service ST 413 100    
Idaho Fires: 0 Acres: 0 New: 0 Contained: 1
Prospect Ponderosa Area Office ST 358 100 10 miles northeast of Potlatch  
New Mexico Fires: 0 Acres: 0 New: 0 Contained: 1
* Poncho Capitan District ST 524 100