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Wildfire Aware Situation Report: TUESDAY | SEPTEMBER 19, 2023

Wildfire Aware Situation Report for TUESDAY | SEPTEMBER 19, 2023, for the United States.

The United States is at National Preparedness Level 3.

There are a total of 39 UNCONTAINED LARGE FIRES currently.

Nationally, 33 fires are being managed under a strategy other than full suppression.

There is 1 new large fire in Utah.

  • Steep Creek (UT): Fishlake NF, USFS. Ten miles north of Boulder, UT. Timber. Moderate fire behavior with creeping and backing. Trail closures in effect. Precipitation occurred over the fire area yesterday. Last narrative report unless significant activity occurs.

6 large fires were contained in Oregon, Louisiana, Texas, Florida, and New Mexico.

  • Pothole (OR)

  • Horsecreek (OR)

  • Elizabeth (LA)

  • Santa Ana (TX)

  • Rock Pond (FL)

  • El Valle (NM)

Wildfire Aware Situation Report: Weather Discussion

Provided by the National Interagency Fire Center

An upper low will slide southeast from British Columbia into Washington overnight, with an upper low moving onto the southern and central California coast. Showers will develop in western Washington likely spreading into northwest Oregon and northern Washington, but dry and breezy conditions are expected for portions of the Inland Northwest. A stalled surface front stretching from northern California through the northern Great Basin will be a focus for additional dry and breezy conditions, with enough residual moisture to produce isolated to scattered thunderstorms in the central Sierra and from northeast Nevada into northern Utah, southeast Idaho, Wyoming, and the Colorado Rockies. Stronger winds aloft will also mix down to create locally elevated fire weather conditions in central Idaho, southwest and eastern Montana, and North Dakota. Scattered thunderstorms are likely from northwest Texas through Oklahoma into the Midwest, including severe thunderstorms in Oklahoma. Low relative humidity will develop from the Lower Mississippi Valley into portions of Texas, where breezy southerly winds are likely to overlap. Isolated to scattered thunderstorms are likely in South Florida, while showers are likely in Upstate New York and northern New England.

Red Flag Warnings are in effect in Southwestern Oregon. The Storm Prediction Center has identified another area of elevated fire weather for northeast Montana and northwest North Dakota.

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