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Wildfire Aware Situation Report: TUESDAY | AUGUST 29, 2023

Wildfire Aware Situation Report for TUESDAY | AUGUST 29, 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 73 NEW FIRES reported. There are 5 NEW LARGE FIRES in Oregon and Mississippi.

  • Pothole (OR): Willamette NF, USFS. Twenty-seven miles southwest of Sisters, OR. Timber, closed timber litter and brush. Moderate fire behavior with flanking, backing and single tree torching. Area, road and trail closures in effect. Precipitation occurred over the fire area yesterday.

  • Ridge (OR): Umpqua NF, USFS. Thirty-four miles east of Glide, OR. Timber. Moderate fire behavior with creeping, smoldering and isolated torching. Community of Dry Creek and infrastructure threatened.

  • Anvil (OR): Rogue River-Siskiyou NF, USFS. Eight miles east of Port Orford, OR. Closed timber litter and timber. Moderate fire behavior with uphill runs and backing.

  • County Line (MS): National Forests in Mississippi, USFS. Sixteen miles east of Purvis, MS. Southern rough. Moderate fire behavior with creeping, flanking and backing. Structures threatened. Last narrative report unless significant activity occurs.

  • Redding 3 (MS)

  • Smith County Road 115 (MS)

  • Ridge Rd and Archie Road (MS)

4 large fires were contained in Texas and Mississippi.

  • Loop (TX)

  • Redding 3 (MS)

  • Smith County Road 115 (MS)

  • Ridge Rd and Archie Road (MS)

There are a total of 55 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

Dry and breezy conditions are likely across much of the northern Intermountain West into central Montana, with the strongest winds and lowest relative humidity in the northern Great Basin. Scattered mainly wet thunderstorms will be ongoing across central and western Washington in the morning and will spread across much of eastern Washington into northern Oregon, central and northern Idaho, and western Montana during the afternoon. Scattered to numerous showers will continue west of the Cascades, mainly across northwest Oregon and western Washington. Very hot temperatures above 110F will continue across the Mojave and Sonoran Deserts, with cooler conditions into much of northern California. Isolated mixed wet and dry thunderstorms will develop across southeast Arizona, New Mexico, and south-central Colorado. North to northeasterly winds will develop tonight across northern California into far southwest Oregon, but overnight recovery should help mitigate fire weather conditions.

Significant impacts from what is forecast to be Hurricane Idalia will begin across Southern Area. Gusty northerly winds with low relative humidity will develop across much of Texas and the Lower Mississippi Valley. Heavy showers and thunderstorms from the outer bands of Idalia along with increasing winds will develop across much of Florida. Rainfall is likely to become heavy overnight as the center of Idalia nears the coast. Scattered to numerous showers and thunderstorms will also develop along a stalled cold front across much of the Appalachians into the Northeast with scattered showers in the Great Lakes. Scattered showers will continue across southern Alaska into the Interior.

Red Flag Warnings are in effect for Eastern Washington, North-Central Montana, and Southwestern Idaho. Fire Weather Watches are in effect for Northern California and various parts of Wyoming. The Storm Prediction Center has issued elevated areas of fire weather concern for North-Central Texas and Southern Oklahoma, North-Central Montana, and Southwestern Idaho.

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