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Incident Information | Wednesday Aug 27, 2014

Contact Information

PIO: Phone: 303-445-4322 | Email: rmaccfireinfo@gmail.com | Twitter: @rmaccfireinfo

Preparedness Levels

National Preparedness Level: 2                            Rocky Mountain Area Preparedness Level: 1   

Preparedness levels range on a scale from one to five. They communicate planning and organization readiness, which is commensurate with increasing fire danger. Click here for more information.

Current Activity / Active Incidents

Yesterday, initial attack activity was minimal with 1 fire reported (BIA);  less than 1 acre reported.

Tthere are 14 uncontained large fires burning in the U.S. There are 6,100 resources assigned; 160 resources are from the Rocky Mountain Area.

Weather & Fire Potential

An upper level center of low pressure moves south from the northern Rockies into the Great Basin on Monday bringing another increase in monsoon moisture as part of a southwesterly flow that will remain over the RMA until Wednesday. A cold front pushes south across the RMA through Wednesday, dropping daily high temperatures 5 to 10 degrees, and concentrating rain showers near the frontal boundary. Scattered to numerous showers and thunderstorms are forecast through Wednesday across much of the RMA. By Friday and through the weekend a much drier weather pattern is expected, with little if any thunderstorm activity. RH's in Colorado and Wyoming will stay below 20% at lower elevations, and winds for Saturday and Sunday could gust above 35 mph.

The combination of monsoon moisture from the south, and a frontal boundary from the north results in low large fire potential much of the outlook period. Drier and breezy conditions move into place towards the end of the week and mainly the weekend increasing chances for fire activity.

Year-to-Date Fires & Acres

AGENCY
FIRES
ACRES
Bureau of Indian Affairs
446
2,322
Bureau of Land Management
336
10,852
County
317
40,812
Department of Defense
2
0
State of Nebraska
4
61
State of South Dakota
275
5,825
U.S. Forest Service
218
2,147
Fish & Wildlife Service
21
1,181
National Park Service
17
2,505
State of Colorado
4
663
Nature Conservancy
0
0
State of Kansas
0
0
State of Wyoming
7
19
Private
8
3
TOTAL
1,655
66,390
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