It can be overwhelming to attempt to get a clear picture of the state of the wildfires in the United States with so many large ones churning out tens of thousands of acres and massive smoke columns every day. So I put together a list of all of the fires listed on the national Situation Report that are not contained and are larger than 4,500 acres — 26 of them this morning. Of course there are many other fires that are less than 4,500 acres. Some of those will continue to grow as competition for firefighting resources increases and aggressive initial attack on new fires becomes less common.
This list does not contain any fires that have previously been contained.
It is a pretty impressive list, especially since we are just beginning to enter the traditional busy part of the western fire season. The National Preparedness Level is 4 (maximum is 5). Only two other times have we entered PL 4 this early in the year.