The Wildland Fire Assessment System is a contribution of “The Fire Behavior Research Work Unit”, Missoula (Montana USA) and submits a fire danger map, where the fire danger for the United States is forecasted.
According to the INCIDENT MANAGEMENT SITUATION REPORT, as of 10 December 1999, the fire situation in the United States can be summarized by following basic fire data. Most of the fires burning in the last week were located in the southern regions of the United States.
Tab. 1. Wildland Fire Comparison Statistic of the last four years (Source: NIFC)
As of 3 Dec. 1999Number of Wildland FiresNumber of hectares 1999 92,651 2,279,207 1998 75,913 922,101 1997 64,943 1,148,671 1996 94,407 2,431,614
The preliminary summary report of the National Interagency Fire Center provides also a map of the Top Ten Largest Fires in the current fire season 1999. This summary will be further updated with a final 1999 season report by the end of this year.