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Wildfire Aware Situation Report: THURSDAY | AUGUST 24, 2023


Wildfire Aware Situation Report for THURSDAY | AUGUST 23, 2023, for the United States.


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Wildfire Aware Situation Report for August 23, 2023.

The United States remains at National Preparedness Level 4.



Initial Attack activity was LIGHT, with 86 NEW FIRES reported. There is 1 NEW LARGE FIRES in Texas.

  • Churchill (TX): Texas A&M Forest Service. Started on private land 10 miles west of Slaton, TX. Grass and chaparral. Active fire behavior with running and wind-driven runs.

5 large fires were contained in California, Texas, Mississippi, and New Jersey.

  • Slide 1 (CA)

  • Clear Lake (TX)

  • Hill Top (TX)

  • 6282 MS 612 (MS)

  • Dragway (NJ)


There are a total of 55 UNCONTAINED LARGE FIRES currently.

Nationally, 44 fires are being managed under a strategy other than full suppression.


Wildfire Aware Situation Report: Weather Discussion

Provided by the National Interagency Fire Center

Isolated mixed wet and dry thunderstorms will develop over northwest California into south-central and southwest Oregon. Isolated to scattered mainly dry thunderstorms are likely to develop overnight across from the Cascades westward to the coast over Oregon and southern Washington. Hot, dry, and locally breezy conditions will continue across the southern Plains into the Lower Mississippi Valley, with record high temperatures likely in the Lower Mississippi Valley and Deep South. Isolated thunderstorms are possible along the northern Gulf Coast with new ignitions possible as well. Breezy and dry westerly winds with gusts up to 40 mph are likely across much of north-central and northeast Montana. Scattered to widespread monsoon thunderstorms will continue in the Four Corners states, with scattered to numerous thunderstorms in the Great Lakes, Northeast, and Mid-Atlantic. Across Alaska, strong downslope southerly winds will develop north of the Alaska Range, but temperatures will remain seasonable with elevated relative humidity.


Red Flag Warnings remain in effect from Eastern Texas into southern Mississippi. Red Flag Warnings are now in effect for the Pacific Northwest coastal ranges south into Northern California. The Storm Prediction Center issued an Elevated area of concern for Northern Montana and an area of Isolated Dry Thunderstorms for Northern California into Southern Oregon.


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