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Wildfire Aware Situation Report: THURSDAY | AUGUST 31, 2023

Wildfire Aware Situation Report for THURSDAY | AUGUST 31, 2023, for the United States.

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The United States remains at National Preparedness Level 4.

Geographic Area Preparedness Levels

Initial Attack activity was LIGHT, with 72 NEW FIRES reported. There are 7 NEW LARGE FIRES in Oregon, Texas, and Oklahoma.

  • Cowlitz Complex (OR): Gifford Pinchot NF, USFS. CIMT (RM Team 2). Nine miles east of Randle, WA. Timber. Minimal fire behavior with backing, creeping and smoldering. Road and trail closures in effect. Precipitation occurred over the fire area yesterday.

  • Dinner (OR): Umpqua NF, USFS. IMT 2 (NW Team 12). Eight miles southwest of Oakridge, OR. IMT is also managing the Brice Creek and Grizzly fires. Timber and closed timber litter. Active fire behavior with torching, spotting and single tree torching.

  • Brice Creek (OR): Umpqua NF, USFS. Eight miles southwest of Oakridge, OR. Closed timber litter and timber. Active fire behavior with running, torching and spotting.

  • Grizzly (OR): Umpqua NF, USFS. Eleven miles southwest of Oakridge, OR. Timber and closed timber litter. Active fire behavior with running, torching and spotting.

  • Cottonwood (OR): Prineville District, BLM. Thirty-five miles southeast of The Dalles, OR. Grass and brush. Moderate fire behavior with creeping. Numerous structures threatened.

  • Gibbs Forest (TX): Texas A&M Forest Service. Thirteen miles west of Huntsville, TX. Timber and grass. Minimal fire behavior with smoldering.

  • 179 Road (OK): Oklahoma DOF. Twenty-seven miles northeast of McAlester, OK. Timber and brush. Moderate fire behavior with backing, creeping and flanking.

4 large fires were contained in Oklahoma and Idaho.

  • Thunderstorm (OK)

  • Tablerville Road (OK)

  • Consalus (ID)

  • Telegraph (ID)

There are a total of 65 UNCONTAINED LARGE FIRES currently.

Nationally, 47 fires are being managed under a strategy other than full suppression.

Wildfire Aware Situation Report: Weather Discussion

Provided by the National Interagency Fire Center

Tropical Storm Idalia will move offshore the coastal Carolinas, but heavy rain and tropical storm winds remain likely along coastal North Carolina. Scattered thunderstorms are expected across much of Florida into the Deep South and central Gulf Coast. However, away from Idalia in the Lower Mississippi Valley and east Texas, dry and breezy conditions will continue. Dry and breezy conditions may also develop across portions of Virginia to the north of Idalia. Stronger east-northeast trade winds are likely on lee sides of the Hawaiian Islands leading to elevated and locally critical fire weather conditions. An upper low will slide southeast into the Northwest bringing cooler temperatures and scattered to widespread showers along and west of the Cascades, while isolated to scattered showers are likely across the Inland Northwest. Isolated thunderstorms are possible from far northern California into southern Oregon as well. Dry and breezy conditions are expected on eastern slopes of the Sierra through much of Nevada and across portions of the western Colorado, Wyoming, and eastern Montana. Isolated to scattered mixed wet and dry thunderstorms are likely across much of Arizona and Utah into western Colorado, western and northern New Mexico, southeast California, and southern Nevada. Gusty Chinook winds are likely in parts of the southern Interior, but showers will spread from western and southern Alaska into portions of the Interior overnight.

Red Flag Warnings are in effect for the leeward areas of the Hawaiian Islands, east Texas, Louisiana, Northwestern Nevada, eastern Utah, Western Colorado, and parts of Wyoming. Fire Weather Watches are in effect near the Colorado, Nebraska, and Kansas borders. The Storm Prediction Center has issued elevated areas of fire weather concern for Northeastern Montana and Southern Wyoming.

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