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Wildfire Aware Situation Report: FRIDAY | AUGUST 25, 2023

Wildfire Aware Situation Report for FRIDAY | AUGUST 25, 2023, for the United States.

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The United States remains at National Preparedness Level 4.

Initial Attack activity was LIGHT, with 63 NEW FIRES reported. There are 5 NEW LARGE FIRES in Louisiana, Texas, Idaho, and New Mexico.

  • Tiger Island (LA): Louisiana Office of Forestry. CIMT (SA Red Team). Started on private land 15 miles southwest of DeRidder, LA. Southern rough, timber and grass. Extreme fire behavior with crowning, spotting and running. Structures threatened. Evacuations in effect. *

  • Shearwood Creek (TX): Texas A&M Forest Service. Fifteen miles northwest of Jasper, TX. Timber and grass. Active fire behavior with short crown runs and torching. Structures threatened. Evacuations in effect.

  • Wahoo Peak (ID): Nez Perce-Clearwater NF, USFS. Thirty-one miles southwest of Victor, ID. Timber and brush. Minimal fire behavior with smoldering. Last narrative report unless significant activity occurs.

  • West Mountain (NM): Lincoln NF, USFS. Ten miles northeast of Capitan, NM. Grass and timber. Minimal fire behavior with smoldering and creeping. Last narrative report unless significant activity occurs.

  • Packsaddle (NM): Gila NF, USFS. Thirty-nine miles north of Silver City, NM. Timber and brush. Minimal fire behavior. Last narrative report unless significant activity occurs.

4 large fires were contained in Texas, New Mexico, and Alaska.

  • Churchill (TX)

  • American Mesa (NM)

  • Pogo Mine Road (AK)

  • Mount Hayes (AK)

There are a total of 55 UNCONTAINED LARGE FIRES currently.

Nationally, 46 fires are being managed under a strategy other than full suppression.

Wildfire Aware Situation Report: Weather Discussion

Provided by the National Interagency Fire Center

Isolated to scattered mixed wet and dry thunderstorms will continue this morning across western Washington and northwest Oregon, while isolated to scattered thunderstorms will likely develop in the afternoon and evening from the Cascades eastward into Idaho and western Montana. Dry and breezy conditions are likely from northeast California into portions of south-central Oregon as well. Isolated to scattered thunderstorms are likely in portions of south and east Texas into Louisiana, southern Mississippi, and southern Alabama, but there is concern for lightning ignitions as very hot and relatively dry conditions continue across much of the southern Plains, Texas, and Southeast. Monsoonal thunderstorms will continue over much of the Four Corners states, with widespread thunderstorms over Colorado. Thunderstorms are likely to move over and develop on the central Plains as well, while scattered showers and thunderstorms are likely from the Great Lakes into the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast.

Red Flag Warnings remain in effect from Eastern Texas into southern Mississippi and in the Pacific Northwest. The Storm Prediction Center issued an area of Isolated Dry Thunderstorms for the Pacific Northwest.

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