Friday, September 26, 2008

National Fire News Report ~ 9/26/08

National Preparedness Level 2

(On a scale from 1 to 5)

Current hours for the National Fire Information Center are
(MST) 8:00 am - 4:30 pm, Monday - Friday
This report will be updated Monday - Friday.

September 26, 2008

Initial attack activity was light across the nation. New large fires were reported in Kentucky and Oregon.

A team is assisting the Texas Forest Service with Hurricane Ike recovery operations in Houston, Texas.

Source: National Interagency Coordination Center

Daily statistics 9/26/08

Number of new large fires


States currently reporting large fires:

Number of active large fires


California (3)
Oregon (6)

Acres from active fires


Number of Wildland Fire Use (WFU) fires


Number of Wildland Fire Use (WFU) acres


Fires contained since 9/25/08


Year-to-date large fires contained


Year-to-date statistics

2008 (1/1/08 - 9/26/08)

Fires: 67,586

Acres: 4,728,614

2007 (1/1/07 - 9/26/07)

Fires: 71,798

Acres: 8,167,624

2006 (1/1/06 - 9/26/06)

Fires: 83,027

Acres: 9,033,694

2005 (1/1/05 - 9/26/05)

Fires: 52,479

Acres: 8,155,631

2004 (1/1/04 - 9/26/04)

Fires: 60,573

Acres: 7,736,452

2003 (1/1/03 - 9/26/03)

Fires: 49,001

Acres: 3,142,540

2002 (1/1/02 - 9/26/02)

Fires: 67,049

Acres: 6,563,740

2001 (1/1/01 - 9/26/01)

Fires: 62,552

Acres: 3,229,808

2000 (1/1/00 - 9/26/00)

Fires: 79,880

Acres: 6,8409,592

5-year average

2003 - 2007

Fires: 63,379

Acres: 7,558,403

10-year average

1999 - 2008

Fires: 67,518

Acres: 6,218,429

Current Wildland Fires


Fires: 3

Acres: 195,392

New fires: 0

Fires contained: 1

NEW Roblar (Camp Pendleton, Department of Defense): 400 acres at 40 percent contained. This fire is eight miles west of Fallbrook.
Hidden (Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park): 2,954 acres at 90 percent contained. Reduction in acreage is due to more accurate mapping.
Information: Call (559) 565-3703 or visit the web site.
Klamath Complex (Klamath National Forest): 192,038 acres at 90 percent contained. The complex is 14 miles west of Etna. Active fire behavior was reported.


Fires: 0

Acres: 0

New fires: 1

Fires contained: 1

NEW Brushy (Daniel Boone National Forest): This fire was contained at 265 acres.


Fires: 6

Acres: 42,295

New fires: 1

Fires contained: 1

NEW Wizard (Deschutes National Forest): 200 acres at five percent contained. This fire is 18 miles northwest of Sisters.
Kitson (Willamette National Forest): 1,000 acres at 45 percent contained. This fire is seven miles southeast of Oakridge.
Horseshoe (Deschutes National Forest): 415 acres at 60 percent contained. This fire is 25 miles southeast of Lapine. Active fire behavior was observed.
Gnarl Ridge (Mt Hood National Forest): 3,280 acres at 38 percent contained. This previously reported incident is 10 miles south of Parkdale. Structures are threatened.
Information: Call (541) 352-6002 ext. 628 or visit the web site.
Rattle (Umpqua National Forest): 18,039 acres at 60 percent contained. This fire is 30 miles east of Glide. Structures are threatened. Area closures are in effect.
Information: Visit the web site.
Lonesome Complex (Rogue River National Forest): 19,361 acres at 35 percent contained. This complex of three fires is 20 miles northeast of Prospect. Historical structures are threatened.
Information: Visit the web site.
Big Cove (Prineville District, Bureau of Land Management): This fire was contained at 4,779 acres.

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