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February 16, 2018

Nine new large fires were reported this past week. Fire activity picked up in Arizona where four new large fires were reported. Other states with large fires include Florida, Missouri, and Oklahoma.

Weather: The cold upper level trough of low pressure over the Great Plains and the East has flattened out considerably and has migrated westward to impact the intermountain west with colder than average temperatures. Snow will continue across the Northern Rockies as an Arctic frontal boundary remains stalled along the Continental Divide. Further south, much needed rain will continue along the Mexican border with New Mexico and across North Texas. Elsewhere expect overall breezy conditions with some pockets of critical fire weather across eastern Colorado and the panhandles of Texas and Oklahoma. A major winter storm is expected across the northwestern portions of the country as a very moist system drops south from British Columbia and overrides the cold, Arctic airmass to produce copious amounts of snow across the Cascades, northern Idaho, and Western Montana through early Monday. As the system moves into the Great Basin on Tuesday, much colder air shall be pulled down from central Canada into the West. Ahead of the system, expect another round of critical fire weather conditions across New Mexico, Colorado, the panhandles, and western Kansas. A moderating but breezy westerly flow will develop mid-week allowing for temperatures to warm slightly. However, a very strong shot of cold air is could move into the northern Great Plains Thursday.

In Alaska, a warm ridge of high pressure will keep temperatures well above average through the weekend. However, a passing front will bring some snow to the interior Sunday night and Monday. Another, more significant round of snow is possible Wednesday and Wednesday night as another front passes.

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Daily statistics 2/16/17
Number of new large fires 9 States currently reporting large fires:
Number of active large fires
Total number includes full suppression and resource managed fires.
Total does not include individual fires within complexes.
6

Arizona (2)
Florida (1)
Missouri (1)
Oklahoma (2)

Acres from active fires 5,226
Fires contained 7
Year-to-date statistics
2018 (1/1/18 - 2/16/18) Fires: 5,058 Acres: 106,664
2017 (1/1/17 - 2/16/17) Fires: 5,087 Acres: 127,218
2016 (1/1/16 - 2/16/16) Fires: 2,268 Acres: 64,319
2015 (1/1/15 - 2/16/15) Fires: 4,257 Acres: 71,880
2014 (1/1/14 - 2/16/14) Fires: 3,402 Acres: 45,766
2013 (1/1/13 - 2/16/13) Fires: 1,688 Acres: 15,317
2012 (1/1/12 - 2/16/12) Fires: 3,510 Acres: 69,887
2011 (1/1/11 - 2/16/11) Fires: 4,996 Acres: 85,631
2010 (1/1/10 - 2/16/10) Fires: 1,441 Acres: 23,365
2009 (1/1/09 - 2/16/09) Fires: 5,794 Acres: 119,448
2008 (1/1/08 - 2/16/08) Fires: 4,844 Acres: 207,814
Annual average prior 10 years
2008-2018 Fires: 3,494 Acres: 78,664
Current Wildfires
Fire Unit Agency Size % Ctn Location Information
Arizona Fires: 2 Acres: 3,224 New: 4 Contained: 2
* Knobb Hill Southeast District, DOF ST 2,896 74 15 miles east of St. David  
* Gould Colorado River Agency BIA 328 90 7 miles southwest of Parker  
* Altar Southern District, DOF ST 3,344 100    
* Gate 13 Northern District, DOF ST 1,290 100    
Arkansas Fires: 0 Acres: 0 New: 0 Contained: 1
Midnight Ouachita National Forest FS 1,047 100 7 miles northwest of Waldon  
Florida Fires: 1 Acres: 882 New: 1 Contained: 0
* Compartment 4 Florida Panther Wildlife Refuge FWS 882 80 20 miles east of Naples  
Kansas Fires: 0 Acres: 0 New: 1 Contained: 1
* YY Road Chase County C&L 1,200 100    
Missouri Fires: 1 Acres: 400 New: 1 Contained: 0
* Rozell Mark Twain National Forest FS 400 0 1 mile south of Rueter  
Oklahoma Fires: 2 Acres: 720 New: 2 Contained: 3
2073 Command Division of Forestry ST 320 99 7 miles southwest of Kellyville  
* Highway 34 & 73 Division of Forestry ST 400 59 6 miles south of Hammon  
East Buford Osage Agency BIA 6,826 100 3 miles west of Hominy  
* Red Oak Peak Ouachita National Forest FS 312 100    
West Buford Osage Agency BIA 1,400 100 4 miles west of Hominy