National Preparedness Level raised to 2

NIFC web site
Screenshot from the NIFC web site, October 18, 2019.

The week after the National Interagency Coordination Center announced they were going to stop producing the daily Situation Report and only publish it weekly, they raised the National Preparedness level to 2.

Preparedness Level 2The change occurred at 2 p.m. MDT Friday, “…due to an increase in resource mobilization, competition for resources, significant incidents occurring in multiple geographic areas and critical fire weather conditions in those geographic areas.”

As of today, October 18, fourteen active large fires have burned more than 228,000 acres in five states. Twelve new large fires were reported this week.

Firefighting resources committed to fires today:

  • 87 hand crews
  • 166 engines
  • 22 helicopters
  • 3,181 personnel

“Fire Season” is now “Fire Year”.

Red Flag Warnings
Red Flag Warnings and Fire Weather Watches, current at 6:15 p.m MDT October, 18, 2019 Click to enlarge.

(Red Flag Warnings can be modified throughout the day as NWS offices around the country update and revise their weather forecasts.)

Thanks and a tip of the hat go out to LM. Typos or errors, report them HERE.

Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire. Google+

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