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Wildfire Aware Situation Report: TUESDAY | SEPTEMBER 12, 2023

Updated: Sep 13, 2023

Wildfire Aware Situation Report for TUESDAY | SEPTEMBER 12, 2023, for the United States.

The United States is at National Preparedness Level 3.

There are 4 new large fires in Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona.

  • Gunsmoke (TX): Texas A&M Forest Service. Started on private land 22 miles north of Rio Grande City, TX. Brush. Minimal fire behavior.

  • Y 6 (NM): Socorro District, New Mexico State Forestry. Thirty-six miles northwest of Silver City, NM. Grass. Minimal fire behavior with creeping and smoldering.

  • Swisshelm (AZ): Southeast District, Arizona DOF. Ten miles west of Elfrida, AZ. Grass and brush. Moderate fire behavior with torching, creeping and running. Structures threatened.

  • Berlier Ranch (NM): Bernalillo District, New Mexico State Forestry. Thirty-eight miles southwest of Santa Rosa, NM. Grass and dormant brush, hardwood slash. Minimal fire behavior with wind-driven runs and spotting

1 large fire was contained in Washington.

  • Oregon (WA)

There are a total of 60 UNCONTAINED LARGE FIRES currently.

Nationally, 32 fires are being managed under a strategy other than full suppression.

Wildfire Aware Situation Report: Weather Discussion

Provided by the National Interagency Fire Center

Widespread showers and scattered thunderstorms will develop over much of the Southwest and Four Corners into central and west Texas. Widespread wetting rain is forecast, with the greatest potential for flooding and debris flows from northern and eastern Arizona into New Mexico. A cold front will move through the Deep South and Appalachians, with isolated showers in the Deep South, but scattered to widespread thunderstorms and showers for the Appalachians into the eastern Great Lakes and Northeast. Temperatures will cool behind the front, but hot temperatures will continue along the Gulf Coast ahead of the front with low to moderate afternoon relative humidity. Above-normal temperatures will continue across much of the northern Great Basin and northern Rockies ahead of a cold front, while California and the Northwest cools to near normal behind the front with weak onshore flow. Westerly winds gusting to 25-35 mph across the Inland Northwest will create locally elevated fire weather conditions behind the front. Near to above-normal temperatures will spread into much of the northern Plains as well, but below-normal temperatures will continue in much of the Midwest.

There are currently no Red Flag Warnings or Fire Weather Watches. The Storm Prediction Center has identified no area of fire weather concern.

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