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Climate change & wildfires

Wildfires are getting worse, and so is the deadly smoke they bring with them

Climate change is increasing the size, frequency, intensity and seasonality of wildfires. Climate scientists have already identified the telltale climate fingerprints on some of the biggest blazes of the past decade:
• Climate change has already increased the frequency of fire weather — hot, dry, and windy — in much of the U.S. (Abatzoglou, Williams, and Barbero 2018).
• Climate change has doubled the area burned in the Western United States (Abatzoglou and Williams 2016).
• The fire season has increased by more than two months in the Western United States, largely due to climate change (Westerling et al. 2006).
All fire needs to burn is an ignition source and plenty of fuel. While climate change might not ignite the fire, it is giving fires the chance to turn into catastrophic blazes by creating warmer temperatures, increasing the amount of fuel (dried vegetation) available, and reducing water availability by earlier snowmelt and higher evaporation. These infernos have dire consequences – from respiratory illness to loss of life and property, many communities are not equipped to deal with this new era of mega fires.

United States Monthly Drought Outlook


North America Fire Danger


Current US Wildfires

NIFC

Current Wildfires
Fire Unit Agency Size % Ctn Location Information
Arizona Fires: 2 Acres: 16,800 New: 0 Contained: 0
Ikes Grand Canyon National Park NPS 16,400 80 60 miles southwest of Paige 928-643-8110
Molino Coronado National Forest FS 400 50 6 miles northeast of Tanque Verde 602-730-6144
California Fires: 6 Acres: 90,526 New: 0 Contained: 0
Burris Mendocino Unit, Cal Fire ST 350 75 4 miles south of Potter Valley
Caples Eldorado National Forest FS 3,435 92 18 miles southwest of South Lake Tahoe 530 622-5061
Getty Los Angeles City Fire Department CNTY/Local 656 15 1 miles south of West Lake Village
Kincade Sonoma-Lake-Napa Unit, Cal Fire FS 76,138 15 10 miles northeast of Geyserville 707-967-4207
Tick Los Angeles County Fire Department CNTY/Local 4,615 90 10 miles northeast of Santa Clarita
South Shasta-Trinity National Forest FS 5,332 75 15 miles south of Platina 530-628-0039
Colorado Fires: 4 Acres: 4,997 New: 1 Contained: 0
Cow Creek Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison NF FS 859 20 9 miles east of Ridgeway 970-589-0842
G18 Conejos County CNTY/Local 2,183 80 4 miles east of Antonito
Granite Lake White River National Forest FS 720 2 13 miles southeast of Meredith 970-963-2266
Middle Mamm White River National Forest FS 1,235 42 11 miles south of Rifle 970-930-1548
Texas Fires: 0 Acres: 0 New: 0 Contained: 1
Switchhouse Texas A&M Forest Service FS 400 95 9 miles northeast of Archer City
Utah Fires: 2 Acres: 703 New: 0 Contained: 0
Skull Flat 2 Fishlake National Forest FS 600 0 7 miles east of Beaver
Swasey Peak Richfield Field Office BLM 103 0 1 mile southeast of Mesa
Washington Fires: 0 Acres: 0 New: 1 Contained: 1
* Milepost 20 Spokane District BLM 800 100


12 large fires in four states

NIFC

October 30, 2019

Firefighters continue to work toward containment goals on 12 large fires in four states. Conditions in California continue to challenge suppression efforts.

Weather: The current Foehn Wind episode will reach it’s peak today across California. Expect very windy conditions and single digit humidities in prone areas. Winds will continue through the overnight period. High pressure along the West Coast will move on shore and inland by afternoon. This will allow for continued dry conditions. Middle and upper elevations and also coastal areas will see temperatures that are well above average. However, the lower valleys and basins will likely see the development of strong valley temperature inversions. A breezy northwesterly flow will continue across the Great Plains in the wake of a passing cold front that should cross the Mississippi River around mid-day. As it does so, moisture from the Gulf of Mexico will be drawn north and should bring wetting rainfall to both the Appalachian Mountains and areas east. Widespread significant fire weather concerns are not expected today.

Daily statistics 10/30/19
Number of new large fires or emergency response 4 States currently reporting large fires:
Number of active large fires
Total does not include individual fires within complexes.
14 Arizona (2)
California (6)
Colorado (4)
Utah (2)
Acres from active fires 113,026
Fires contained 0
Year-to-date statistics
2019 (1/1/19 – 10/30/19) Fires: 44,545 Acres: 4,554,331
2018 (1/1/18 – 10/30/18) Fires: 50,860 Acres: 8,240,081
2017 (1/1/17 – 10/30/17) Fires: 52,699 Acres: 8,830,898
2016 (1/1/16 – 10/30/16) Fires: 51,431 Acres: 5,012,778
2015 (1/1/15 – 10/30/15) Fires: 53,798 Acres: 9,407,571
2014 (1/1/14 – 10/30/14) Fires: 42,981 Acres: 3,260,427
2013 (1/1/13 – 10/30/13) Fires: 42,008 Acres: 4,111,498
2012 (1/1/12 – 10/30/12) Fires: 51,352 Acres: 8,968,251
2011 (1/1/11 – 10/30/11) Fires: 63,601 Acres: 8,232,788
2010 (1/1/10 – 10/30/10) Fires: 61,736 Acres: 3,182,499
2009 (1/1/09 – 10/30/09) Fires: 73,342 Acres: 5,774,397
10-year average Year-to-Date
2009-2018 Fires: 54,381 Acres: 6,502,119

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