Forest Fires in the United States: 25 October 1999

Forest Fires in the United States

25 October 1999

The National Interagency Fire Center reported on 22 October 1999 that a 650 ha fire was reported and contained yesterday from the Medicine Bow National Forest in Wyoming. As dry and warm weather conditions persist throughout the West the following states are reporting very high to extreme fire conditions: Oregon, California, Idaho, Utah, Wyoming, Nevada, Arizona and New Mexico.

Fire Weather Outlook
Rain and snow are expected for the Great Lake States and into New England today. The rest of the country is dry and warm.

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Fig. 1. Large Wildland Fires in the United States, 22 October 1999
(National Interagency Fire Center)

For more information please refer to the website of National Interagency Fire Center.

According the INCIDENT MANAGEMENT SITUATION REPORT the current situation for 24 October 1999 can be quoted as follows:

Minimal initial attack activity was reported in most Geographic Areas. New large fires occurred in the Northwest Area. The National Interagency Coordination Center mobilized infrared aircraft, helicopters, Lead Plane and miscellaneous overhead. Very high to extreme fire indices were reported in Oregon, California, Idaho, Utah, Colorado and Illinois.

A weakening cold front moves inland in the northwest states bringing scattered light morning rain and mountain snow showers, followed by decreasing clouds, cooler temperatures and breezy conditions. It will be mostly sunny in Nevada, Utah, and California with coastal morning fog. High temperatures will range from the 50’S to the mid 60’S in Washington, Oregon and Idaho, with mid 60’s and mid 70’s over northern Nevada, northern Utah and northern California. Temperatures will be in the 70’s to lower 90’s over the deserts of southern California, Nevada and Utah.
… .”

Following basic fire data describe the fire situation in the United States:

Number of FIRES in the last 24 hours HECTARES burning in the last 24 hours FIRES
YEAR-TO-DATE 60 2,263 81,048 2,088,252

For detailed information regarding specified regions, please refer to the whole report.

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