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Wildfire Aware Situation Report: SATURDAY | SEPTEMBER 9, 2023

Wildfire Aware Situation Report for SATURDAY | SEPTEMBER 9, 2023, for the United States.

The United States is at National Preparedness Level 3.

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There are 7 new large fires in Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arizona, and Mississippi.

  • Cowlan (TX): Texas A&M Forest Service. Started on private land 11 miles east of Seymour, TX. Grass and brush. Extreme fire behavior. Residences threatened.

  • Limestone Gap (OK): Oklahoma DOF. Five miles north of Stringtown, OK. Timber and grass. Active fire behavior with running.

  • Thut Hill (TX): Texas A&M Forest Service. Started on private land one mile north of Lefors, TX. Grass and brush. Active fire behavior. Community of Lefors threatened.

  • El Valle (NM): Carson NF, USFS. Three miles south of Chamisal, NM. Timber and brush. Extreme fire behavior with crowning running and spotting. Numerous Structures threatened. Evacuations, area, road and trail closures in effect.

  • Chisum (NM): Roswell Field Office, BLM. Forty-three miles northeast of Roswell, NM. Grass and brush. Minimal fire behavior.

  • Molino 3 (AZ): Coronado NF, USFS. Twelve miles northeast of Tucson, AZ. Grass and brush. Moderate fire behavior with flanking, backing and creeping.

  • Dog and Dix Road (MS)

4 large fires were contained in Mississippi, Texas, and Oklahoma.

  • Dog and Dix Road (MS)

  • Buffalo Flats (TX)

  • Cedar Cabin (TX)

  • Walters (OK)

There are a total of 61 UNCONTAINED LARGE FIRES currently.

Nationally, 32 fires are being managed under a strategy other than full suppression.

Wildfire Aware Situation Report: Weather Discussion

Provided by the National Interagency Fire Center

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Hot and dry conditions will continue across the Southwest and greater Four Corners, but slightly cooler temperatures are forecast across the southern Plains into the Lower Mississippi Valley behind a weak cold front, while drier post-frontal conditions are likely across the Deep South. Isolated to scattered mixed wet and dry thunderstorms will develop near the front from the New Mexico central mountain chain into central Texas and the Texas Gulf Coast. Above-normal temperatures are forecast across the remainder of the West, especially the Northwest where temperatures will be 10-15 degrees above normal amid minimum relative humidity of 10-30%. Isolated to scattered mixed wet and dry thunderstorms are likely to develop from central California into central Nevada and central Utah, and from northeast Oregon through central Idaho into southern Montana and Wyoming. Scattered to widespread thunderstorms will develop from the Southeast through the Appalachians into the Northeast, with dry but seasonable conditions in the Midwest.

There is a Red Flag Warning in effect for the interior Monterey and San Benito Counties in Central California. The Storm Prediction Center has issued no areas of concern for fire weather.

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