Wildfire Aware Situation Report: Sunday | July 16, 2023
Welcome to the Wildfire Aware Situation Report for Sunday, July 16, 2023, for the United States.
Initial Attack activity continues to be LIGHT, with 109 NEW FIRES reported. There are 6 NEW LARGE FIRES, with fires remaining very active in the Southwest and Southern California.
2 large fires were contained. There are a total of 18 UNCONTAINED LARGE FIRES currently.
Bull Pen (AZ)
Whiskey Hill (NM)
Devils Butte (OR)
Baird Springs (WA)
Spring Creek (CO)
Chris Mountain (CO)
*Nationally, 6 fires are being managed under a strategy other than full suppression.
We remain at National Preparedness Level 2.
Wildfire Aware Situation Report: Weather Discussion
Provided by the National Interagency Fire Center
Very hot, record-setting temperatures will continue across much of California, the Great Basin, and Southwest, with well above normal temperatures stretching into the Northwest and northern Rockies. Very low relative humidity is forecast for much of the West, with minimums in the single digits and teens, while mid-slopes and ridges will have poor overnight recovery of less than 40%. Winds will increase across the east slopes of the Cascades into the Columbia Basin with elevated conditions. Isolated, mainly dry thunderstorms will develop across far southeast Arizona into southwest and central New Mexico. Thunderstorms will also develop across much of the central and southern Plains to the East Coast, with severe thunderstorms possible in the Mid-Mississippi Valley and Mid-Atlantic. Much of Texas will remain hot and dry with breezy south winds creating areas of elevated fire weather conditions. Eastern Interior Alaska will be seasonally warm and dry today while showers continue across southwest and south-central Alaska.
There are Red Flag Warnings and Watches in effect for various areas throughout Washington, Oregon and Northwestern Colorado. Most of the western United States remains under some type of heat warning. The Storm Prediction Center has issued an area of Elevated Fire Weather for Eastern Washington into Oregon in the Columbia Basin.
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Link to the National Incident Management Situation Report.
Link to the National 7-Day Significant Fire Potential.