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Wildfire Aware Situation Report: WEDNESDAY | SEPTEMBER 13, 2023

Wildfire Aware Situation Report for WEDNESDAY | SEPTEMBER 13, 2023, for the United States.

The United States is at National Preparedness Level 3.

There are 2 new large fires in Texas and Washington.

  • South Slope (WA): Spokane District, BLM. Twelve miles north of Yakima, WA. Grass and brush. Moderate fire behavior. Residences threatened.

  • Willow Slough (TX): McFaddin National Wildlife Refuge, FWS. Twelve miles southwest of Port Arthur, TX. Grass. Moderate fire behavior with backing, creeping and smoldering.

5 large fires were contained in Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Arizona.

  • Game Preserve (TX)

  • White Oak Mountain (OK)

  • Limestone Gap (OK)

  • Berlier Ranch (NM)

  • Molino 3 (AZ)

There are a total of 55 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 are forecast across the greater Four Corners area into much of Oklahoma and central Texas, with the focus for the heaviest rain shifting into the Texas Panhandle and north Texas. Cooler-than-normal temperatures with afternoon relative humidity above 30% will continue along with below-normal temperatures. A cold front will move off the East and Gulf Coasts during the day, with widespread thunderstorms and showers for the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast but only isolated thunderstorms likely near the front in the Lower Mississippi Valley and along the Gulf and Southeast Coasts. A cold front will move through the northern Intermountain West, with west-to-northwest post-frontal winds developing over portions of the northern Great Basin. Isolated to scattered thunderstorms are likely near the front in portions of eastern Idaho into Montana and Wyoming. Dry northeasterly winds will develop overnight across northwest California and west of the Cascades in Oregon as a thermal trough develops along the coast. Fair relative humidity recovery is likely with maximums 30-60% for mid-slopes and ridges along with gusts up to 35 mph in areas favored by northeast winds in northwest California and southwest Oregon.

There is currently a Red Flag Warning is in effect for the Southern Oregon coastal range. The Storm Prediction Center has identified no areas of fire weather concern.

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