Nationwide wildfire activity update from NIFC

July 10, 2024

Current wildfire situation across the United States

As reported by the U.S. National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC), eight new wildfires were reported nationwide on Monday, July 8, 2024.

Currently, 25 wildfires are being managed under full suppression strategies.

The most activity is in Alaska, with 39 wildfires, most of which are being managed with strategies other than full suppression.

Over 10,000 wildland firefighters and support personnel are assigned to incidents across the country.

The National Wildfire Preparedness Level remains at a level 3 out of 5.

This level indicates a significant number of large fires burning across the United States, requiring national resources to be fully engaged.

Specific regional advisories and conditions

The Alaska Interagency Coordination Center’s Predictive Services unit and its partners have issued a fuels and fire behavior advisory from central Alaska into the northeast Interior to the border with Canada.

Similarly, a fuels and fire behavior advisory has been issued for California, highlighting abnormally high fine fuel loading across the state.

Residents, travelers, and workers in these areas are advised to familiarize themselves with the elevated risks.

NIFC national predictive service staff at the National Interagency Coordination Center released the National Significant Wildland Fire Potential Outlook for June through September.

Further information about the current outlook can be found on the Outlook page of the NICC website.

Current wildfire statistics

As of Monday, there are 68 active large wildfires that have burned 588,315 acres in 11 states.

Alaska is reporting 39 wildfires, California has 9, and New Mexico has 6.

Arizona and Utah each report 3 wildfires, while Oregon and Nevada each report 2.

Colorado, Idaho, New Jersey, and Washington each report 1 active wildfire.

Currently, 5 wildfires have been contained.

The NIFC also provided comparative statistics for the year:

  • From January 1 to July 8, 2024, 23,124 wildfires were reported, burning 2,802,174 acres.
  • From January 1 to July 8, 2023, 25,541 wildfires were reported, burning 715,328 acres.

Environmental and weather conditions

NIFC notes that record-breaking heat is coinciding with very low relative humidity and windy conditions across much of the Western United States.

These conditions mean that accidental ignitions can spread quickly, posing an ongoing threat throughout the region.

FSJA Comment

The current wildfire situation across the United States remains critical, with significant activity reported in several states, particularly Alaska and California.

The conditions described by the NIFC underscore the importance of understanding the risks and behaviors of wildfires, especially during periods of extreme weather.

The issuance of fuel and fire behavior advisories for specific regions such as central Alaska and California highlights the elevated risk and need for vigilance among residents and those traveling through these areas.

The comparison of this year’s wildfire statistics to those from last year indicates a notable increase in the acreage burned, despite a slight decrease in the number of reported wildfires.

This suggests that the fires this year are more intense and expansive, likely influenced by the current weather conditions of heat, low humidity, and wind.

The preparedness and response strategies implemented by the NIFC and their partners are crucial in managing these fires and mitigating their impact on communities and ecosystems.

In light of these ongoing challenges, staying informed about fire conditions and adhering to advisories is essential for safety.

The collaboration between various interagency coordination centers and predictive services plays a vital role in addressing the complexities of wildfire management.

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