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Wildfire Aware Situation Report: MONDAY | AUGUST 28, 2023

Wildfire Aware Situation Report for MONDAY | AUGUST 28, 2023, for the United States.

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The United States remains at National Preparedness Level 4.

Initial Attack activity was LIGHT, with 90 NEW FIRES reported. There are 3 NEW LARGE FIRES in Oregon and Texas.

  • Horse Creek (OR): Willamette NF, USFS. Thirty-one miles west of Sisters, OR. Timber, closed timber litter and brush. Active fire behavior with uphill runs, group torching and spotting. Numerous residences threatened. Evacuations, area, road and trail closures in effect.

  • Pete’s Lake (OR): Willamette NF, USFS. Twenty-four miles northwest of Three Rivers, OR. Timber and closed timber litter. Active fire behavior with torching, crowning and short-range spotting. Evacuations, area and trail closures in effect.

  • Loop (TX): Texas A&M Forest Service. Twelve miles east of Henrietta, TX. Grass and chaparral. Minimal fire behavior with smoldering.

3 large fires were contained in Idaho and California.

  • Midnight (ID)

  • Bighill #2 (CA)

  • SKU August Lightning Complex (CA)

There are a total of 58 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

Cooler temperatures are forecast west of the Cascades today, but well above normal temperatures are forecast for the Inland Northwest, much of northern California, Great Basin, and northern Rockies. Breezy westerly winds are likely in the Cascade Gaps as well. Isolated to scattered wet thunderstorms will develop across much of the Rockies, mainly east of the Divide, and into south and west Texas. Scattered wet thunderstorms are likely to develop over western Washington tonight as well. Much of western Arizona, the southern Great Basin, and southern California will be hot and dry with temperatures exceeding 105oF. A cold front will bring scattered to widespread thunderstorms from the mouth of the Mississippi River into much of Alabama and the Southeast. However, cooler but breezy and dry northerly winds are likely in much of central and east Texas into Louisiana behind the front. Near to below-normal temperatures will continue across the northern Plains, Great Lakes, and Northeast. Cool and showery conditions will continue for much of Alaska except for well-above-normal temperatures in the panhandle.

Red Flag Warnings are in effect for south central Oregon today. The Storm Prediction Center has identified an area of Elevated Fire Weather for another day across Southern Oklahoma and Northern Texas.

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