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Wildfire Aware Situation Report: FRIDAY | SEPTEMBER 22, 2023

Wildfire Aware Situation Report for FRIDAY | SEPTEMBER 22, 2023, for the United States.

The United States is at National Preparedness Level 3.

There are a total of 31 UNCONTAINED LARGE FIRES currently.

Nationally, 31 fires are being managed under a strategy other than full suppression.

There are 3 new large fires in Mississippi and Colorado.

  • McBride Rd (MS): Mississippi Forestry Commission. Three miles north of Union Church, MS. Timber litter and understory. Active fire behavior. Last narrative report unless significant activity occurs.

  • Border (CO): Grand Junction Field Office, BLM. Fourteen miles southwest of Mack, CO. Grass and brush. Moderate fire behavior with smoldering, single tree torching and spotting. Structures threatened.

  • Windling Rod (MS)

6 large fires were contained in New Mexico, Colorado, Montana, Idaho, and Mississippi.

  • Turkey (NM)

  • Border (CO)

  • Doris Point (MT)

  • Sidney(MT)

  • Hayden (ID)

  • Windling Road (MS)

Wildfire Aware Situation Report: Weather Discussion

Provided by the National Interagency Fire Center

Breezy and dry conditions will continue across much of the Southwest, West Slope, and spread onto the central and southern High Plains, with westerly wind gusts up to 40 mph amid minimum relative humidity of 10-25%. Warm and dry conditions are forecast near and west of the Cascades in northwest California through western Washington, but winds will be light. Below normal temperatures will continue across much of the northern Intermountain West, while widespread rain, with snow above 6,500 feet, is forecast from eastern Idaho through much of Montana and northern Wyoming into the Dakotas. Scattered showers and thunderstorms will develop on the eastern Plains into the Mississippi Valley, including portions of east Texas and Louisiana. Above normal temperatures will continue across much of Texas into the Southeast, with areas of low relative humidity across portions of central Texas, Mississippi, and Alabama. Potential Tropical Cyclone Sixteen is forecast to strengthen into a tropical storm today, with heavy rain, gusty winds, and coastal flooding across the eastern Carolinas to the Delmarva Peninsula.

Red Flag Warnings are in effect for portions of Colorado. The Storm Prediction Center has issued an area of Elevated Fire Weather Concern for parts of Colorado and New Mexico.

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