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Wildfire Aware Situation Report: SUNDAY | AUGUST 20, 2023


Welcome to the Wildfire Aware Situation Report for SUNDAY | AUGUST 20, 2023, for the United States. Initial Attack activity continues to be LIGHT, with 123 NEW FIRES reported. There are 6 NEW LARGE FIRES in Washington, Idaho, Mississippi, Montana, and California.

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  • Oregon (WA): Northeast Region, Department of Natural Resources. IMT 1 (NW Team 3) mobilizing. Two miles northeast of Elk, WA. Timber, grass and brush. Extreme fire behavior with crowning, torching and long-range spotting. Numerous structures threatened. Evacuations, area and road closures in effect.

  • Ant (ID): Boise District, BLM. Started on county land 18 miles northeast of Weiser, ID. Grass and brush. Active fire behavior with running and flanking. Structures, energy infrastructure and sage-grouse habitat threatened. Precipitation occurred over the fire area yesterday.

  • Beaver Pond (MS): National Forests in Mississippi, USFS. Seventeen miles north of St Martin, MS. Southern rough. Moderate fire behavior with running, flanking and backing. Structures threatened.

  • Plant (CA): Santa Barbara County Fire Department. Eighteen miles southwest of Maricopa, CA. Grass and brush. Extreme fire behavior with running and long-range spotting. Residences threatened. Evacuations, area and road closures in effect.

  • Upper Mizpah (MT)

  • Cheek (MS)*

6 large fires were contained. There are a total of 52 UNCONTAINED LARGE FIRES currently.


Northern California Area (PL 4)

  • Happy Camp Complex (CA): Klamath NF, USFS. IMT 1 (CA Team 5). Includes the previously reported Lake fire. Twenty-one miles west of Yreka, CA. Timber. Active fire behavior with flanking, backing and group torching. Several communities and infrastructure threatened. Evacuations, road and trail closures in effect.

  • Smith River Complex (CA): (6 fires), Six Rivers NF, USFS. IMT 2 (CA Team 15). Seven miles northeast of Gasquet, CA. Timber and brush. Active fire behavior with backing, torching and spotting. Several communities, and infrastructure threatened. Evacuations, area, road and trail closures in effect.

  • South Fork Complex (CA): (2 fires), Shasta-Trinity NF, USFS. IMT 2 (CA Team 11). Fifteen miles west of Hayfork, CA. Timber and brush. Active fire behavior with short crown runs, group torching and short-range spotting. Communities of Hyampom and Lake Mountain Ranch and infrastructure threatened.

  • Deep (CA): Shasta-Trinity NF, USFS. IMT 2 (CA Team 10). Ten miles north of Weaverville, CA. Brush and timber. Active fire behavior with backing, torching and short-range spotting. Structures threatened. Evacuations, area and trail closures in effect.

  • 2023 SRF Lightning Complex (CA): (5 fires), Six Rivers NF, USFS. IMT 1 (CA Team 2). Twenty-two miles north of Hoopa, CA. Timber, brush and hardwood litter. Active fire behavior with flanking, backing and creeping. Numerous structures and infrastructure threatened. Area and trail closures in effect.

  • Slide 1 (CA): Mendocino NF, USFS. Twenty-four miles northwest of Flournoy, CA. Chaparral, grass and timber. Minimal fire behavior with creeping, backing and flanking. Area, road and trail closures in effect.

  • SKU August Lightning Complex (CA): Siskiyou Unit, Cal Fire. Two miles south of Yreka, CA. Timber and brush. Moderate fire behavior with backing, creeping, and smoldering. Energy infrastructure threatened.

  • Lahaina (HI): County of Maui. One mile northeast of Lahaina, HI.Grass and brush. No new information.

  • Upcountry (HI): County of Maui. Eight miles northeast of Wailea, HI. Grass and brush. No new information.


Northwest Area (PL 5)

  • Lookout (OR): Willamette NF, USFS. IMT 2 (NW Team 6). Four miles north of McKenzie Bridge, OR. Timber. Active fire behavior with uphill runs, group torching and short-range spotting. Community of McKenzie Bridge and infrastructure threatened. Evacuations, area, road and trail closures in effect.

  • Bedrock (OR): Willamette NF, USFS. Transfer of command from IMT 2 (NW Team 12) to IMT 1 (NW Team 2) will occur tomorrow. IMT is also managing the Salmon fire. Twelve miles south of Vida, OR. Timber and brush. Active fire behavior with torching, uphill runs and short crown runs. Numerous structures threatened. Evacuations, area, road and trail closures in effect

  • Salmon (OR): Willamette NF, USFS. Four miles northeast of Oakridge, OR. Timber and brush. Minimal fire behavior with smoldering. Area, road and trail closures in effect.

  • Sourdough (WA): North Cascades NP, NPS. Transfer of command from IMT 2 (NW Team 10) to IMT 2 (NW Team 8) will occur tomorrow. Six miles northeast of Newhalem, WA. Timber and brush. Active fire behavior with uphill runs and torching. Structures and energy infrastructure threatened. Evacuations, area, road and trail closures in effect

  • Flat (OR): Rogue River-Siskiyou NF, USFS. IMT 2 (SW Team 3). Two miles southeast of Agness, OR. Brush, timber and chaparral. Moderate fire behavior with backing, isolated torching and smoldering. Structures threatened. Area, road and trail closures in effect.

  • Gray(WA): Northeast Region, Department of Natural Resources. IMT 2 (NW Team 7). Three miles southwest of Medical Lake, WA. Timber, grass and brush. Extreme fire behavior with wind-driven runs, short crown runs and long-range spotting. Several communities and infrastructure threatened. Evacuations, area and road closures in effect.

  • Winona(WA): Washington State Fire Marshal’s Office. Twenty-one miles northwest of Colfax, WA. Grass and brush. Minimal fire behavior with smoldering. Structures threatened. Evacuations, area and road closures in effect. Reduction in acreage due to more accurate mapping.

  • Wiley (OR): Willamette NF, USFS. Started on private land 10 miles southeast of Sweet Home, OR. Timber. Minimal fire behavior with smoldering and creeping. Road closures in effect.

  • Blue Lake (WA)*

  • Dome Peak (WA)*

  • Airplane Lake (WA)*

Northern Rockies Area (PL 3)

  • River Road East (MT): Lolo NF, USFS. CIMT (NR Team 1). Six miles southeast of Plains, MT. Timber and grass. Active fire behavior with flanking, short-range spotting and single tree torching. Several communities and infrastructure threatened. Evacuations, area and road closures in effect.

  • East Fork (MT): Kootenai NF, USFS. CIMT (NR Team 6). Twelve miles south of Trego, MT. Timber. Active fire behavior with wind-driven runs, group torching and spotting. Numerous residences threatened. Evacuations and road closures in effect.

  • Ridge Creek (ID): Idaho Panhandle NF, USFS. IMT 2 (EA Silver Team). Nine miles northeast of Hayden, ID. Timber. Moderate fire behavior with flanking, short-range spotting and single tree torching. Residences and energy infrastructure threatened. Area, road and trail closures in effect.

  • Ridge (MT): Flathead NF, USFS. IMT 1 (CA Team 4). Six miles east of Hungry Horse, MT. Timber and brush. Moderate fire behavior with backing, creeping and smoldering. Residences and communication infrastructure threatened. Area and road closures in effect.

  • Tin Soldier Complex (MT): (3 fires), Flathead NF, USFS. Previously reported incident. Seventeen miles west of Swan Lake, MT. Timber. Active fire behavior with short crown runs, group torching and spotting. Numerous structures and infrastructure threatened. Evacuations, area and road closures in effect.

  • Doris Point (MT): Flathead NF, USFS. Sixteen miles northeast of Kalispell, MT. Brush and timber. Active fire behavior with spotting, smoldering and short crown runs. Structures threatened. Area and road closures in effect.

  • Colt (MT): Southwestern Land Office, Montana DNR. Transfer of command from CIMT (NR Team 5) back to the local unit will occur tomorrow. Twelve miles northwest of Seeley Lake, MT. Timber and brush. Minimal fire behavior with creeping and smoldering. Structures and communication infrastructure threatened. Area, road and trail closures in effect. Precipitation occurred over the fire area yesterday. Reduction in acreage due to more accurate mapping.

  • Niarada (MT): Flathead Agency, BIA. Twelve miles west of Elmo, MT. Timber, brush and grass. Moderate fire behavior with backing, isolated torching and creeping. Numerous residences threatened. Trail closures in effect.

  • Midnight (ID): Nez Perce-Clearwater NF, USFS. Thirteen miles east of Grangeville, ID. Timber. Minimal fire behavior with creeping and smoldering. Residences and communication infrastructure threatened.

  • Consalus (ID): Idaho Panhandle NF, USFS. Eight miles southwest of Lamb Creek, ID. Timber. Minimal fire behavior with creeping, backing and smoldering. Residences threatened. Road closures in effect.

  • Mill Pocket (MT)

  • Gravel Pit (MT)

  • Bif Knife (MT)*

  • Bowles Creek (MT)*

  • Buckskin 2 (ID)*

  • Sawtooth (ID)*

  • Stadium Creek (MT)*

  • Throng (MT)*

  • Snowden (ID)*

  • West Fork (ID)*

  • Little Bear (ID)*

  • Sidney (MT)*

Great Basin Area (PL 3)

  • East (ID): Boise NF, USFS. IMT 2 (GB Team 6). Ten miles southeast of Cascade, ID. Timber. Moderate fire behavior with group torching, short-range spotting and backing. Structures and communication infrastructure threatened.

  • Elkhorn (ID)*: Payette NF, USFS. CIMT (GB Team 2). Twenty-five miles northeast of Warren, ID. Timber and brush. Moderate fire behavior with backing, flanking and single tree torching. Structures threatened. Area, road and trail closures in effect.

  • Thompson Ridge (UT): Fishlake NF, USFS. IMT 2 (GB Team 5). Ten miles southeast of Beaver, UT. Timber and brush. Minimal fire behavior with creeping, smoldering and backing. Energy infrastructure threatened. Area, road and trail closures in effect. Reduction in acreage due to more accurate mapping. Precipitation occurred over the fire area yesterday.

  • Chilcoot (ID)*

  • Hayden (ID)*

Southern Area (PL 3)

  • Hill Top(TX): Texas A&M Forest Service. CIMT (Florida State Gold Team). Started on private land five miles east of Buffalo Gap, TX. Grass and chaparral. Moderate fire behavior with smoldering.

  • Black Lagoon (LA): Bayou Sauvage NWR, FWS. Sixteen miles northeast of New Orleans, LA. Grass. Minimal fire behavior.

  • Noelke 3 (TX)

  • Electric Slide (TX)

  • Dry (TX)

  • Powerline Grade (FL)*

  • Hogpen (TZ)*

Rocky Mountain Area (PL 2)

  • Bear Creek (CO): San Juan NF, USFS. NIMO (NIMO Team 1). NIMO is also managing the Quartz Ridge incident. Twenty miles northwest of Pagosa Springs, CO. Timber. Minimal fire behavior with creeping, backing and smoldering. Area, road and trail closures in effect.

  • Quartz Ridge (CO): San Juan NF, USFS. Eleven miles northeast of Pagosa Springs, CO. Timber. Moderate fire behavior with backing, isolated torching and smoldering. Road and trail closures in effect.

  • Black Mountain (WY): Hot Springs County. Twenty-four miles southeast of Worland, WY. Grass and brush. Minimal fire behavior with smoldering and creeping. Energy infrastructure threatened.

  • Deserado (CO)

  • Little Mesa (CO)*

  • Lowline (CO)*

Alaska Area (PL 3)

  • Anderson Complex (AK)*: (5 fires), Fairbanks Area, Alaska DOF. Transfer of command from IMT 2 (GB Team 3) back to the local unit will occur tomorrow. Started on private land eight miles southwest of Anderson, AK. Timber. Moderate fire behavior with backing, creeping and group torching. Numerous structures threatened. Evacuations in effect. Precipitation occurred over the fire area yesterday.

  • Lost Horse Creek (AK)*: Fairbanks Area, Alaska DOF.IMT 2 (AK Green Team). Twenty-two miles north of Fairbanks, AK. Timber and brush. Minimal fire behavior with creeping, single tree torching and smoldering. Structures and energy infrastructure threatened. Evacuations, area and trail closures in effect. Precipitation occurred over the fire area yesterday.

  • Pogo Mine Road (AK)*

  • Mount Hayes (AK)*

  • McCoy Creek (AK)*

  • Wood (AK)*

  • Mooseheart (AK)*

  • Chitsia (AK)*

  • Waterfall (AK)*

  • Napoleon (AK)*

  • Clear Creek (AK)*

  • Delta (AK)*

  • Ponds (AK)*

  • Kevinjik (AK)*

  • Preacher (AK)*

  • Crooked (AK)*

  • Wickersham (AK)*

  • Hodzana (AK)*

  • Pick (AK)*

  • Dagislakhna (AK)*

  • Holonada (AK)*

Southwest Area (PL 3)

  • Black Feather (NM): Santa Fe NF, USFS. Transfer of command from IMT 1 (SW Team 2) back to the local unit will occur today. Ten miles northwest of Cuba, NM. Timber. Minimal fire behavior with smoldering. Several communities and infrastructure threatened. Area, road and trail closures in effect.

  • American Mesa (NM): Carson NF, USFS. Eighteen miles west of Dulce, NM. Timber and brush. Minimal fire behavior with smoldering. Energy infrastructure threatened.

  • Misdan (AZ)

  • Dark (NM)*

  • Prior (NM)*

  • Turkey (NM)*

  • Porcupine (NM)*

  • Wildcat (AZ)*

  • Dolan (NM)*

  • Black River Complex (AZ)*

  • Noonday (NM)*

  • Tub (NM)*

  • Carlota (AZ)*

Southern California (PL 2)

  • Coyote (CA): San Diego Unit, Cal Fire. Three miles northwest of Potrero, CA. Chaparral and grass. Minimal fire behavior. Numerous residences threatened. Evacuations have been lifted.

*Nationally, 64 fires are being managed under a strategy other than full suppression.


We are at National Preparedness Level 4.


Wildfire Aware Situation Report: Weather Discussion

Provided by the National Interagency Fire Center

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The remnants of Hilary will bring torrential rainfall and potentially catastrophic flooding to southern California and portions of Nevada, along with high winds. Lighter but widespread rainfall will also overspread the remainder of the western Great Basin and into eastern Oregon and the Northern Rockies, bringing a significant moderation in fire weather conditions. Temperatures will also trend much cooler. North Ops and Northwest will see less in the way of rainfall, but higher humidity will bring some moderation, especially in Oregon and eastern parts of North Ops. Drier and warm conditions will continue in much of Washington and western Oregon. To the east of Hilary, warm, windy, and dry conditions will develop over Colorado and New Mexico, with elevated to near critical fire weather conditions. Hot and dry weather will continue over Texas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana. Further warming is also expected over the central Plains states and the Mississippi and Missouri Valleys, with the hottest weather of the season so far in some of these areas. A warming and drying trend will also begin over the Great Lakes and East Coast, with still a few thunderstorms in Florida. Alaska will see cool weather with showers over much of the interior.


Red Flag Warnings are in effect in the Pacific Northwest, Colorado, and New Mexico. There is a Fire Weather Watch in effect in Wyoming. The Storm Prediction Center has issued an Elevated Fire Weather area for Northwest and Central New Mexico into the central High Plains and Central and West Texas.


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