Monday, October 27, 2008

National Fire News Report ~ 10/27/08

National Preparedness Level 1

(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
208-387-5050
This report will be updated Monday and Friday
unless significant activity occurs.

October 27, 2008

Large fire activity was reported in Arizona and California. Firefighters expect to contain the Chalk fire in southern California by Wednesday.

Weather: Very warm and dry weather will continue in Southern California through Tuesday. The Southeast states will be cool, dry and breezy today and Tuesday.

Source: National Interagency Coordination Center

Daily statistics 10/27/08

Number of new large fires

0

States currently reporting large fires:

Number of active large fires

1


Arizona (1)
California (1)


Acres from active fires

16,269

Number of Wildland Fire Use (WFU) fires

1

Number of Wildland Fire Use (WFU) acres

3,182

Fires contained since 10/26/08

0

Year-to-date large fires contained

701

Year-to-date statistics

2008 (1/1/08 - 10/27/08)

Fires: 73,352

Acres: 5,034,070

2007 (1/1/07 - 10/27/07)

Fires: 76,731

Acres: 8,695,499

2006 (1/1/06 - 10/27/06)

Fires: 86,391

Acres: 9,400,909

2005 (1/1/05 - 10/27/05)

Fires: 56,589

Acres: 8,256,081

2004 (1/1/04 - 10/27/04)

Fires: 62,852

Acres: 8,042,281

2003 (1/1/03 - 10/27/03)

Fires: 55,533

Acres: 3,337,304

2002 (1/1/02 - 10/27/02)

Fires: 69,274

Acres: 6,707,556

2001 (1/1/01 - 10/27/01)

Fires: 66,290

Acres: 3,779,562

2000 (1/1/00 - 10/27/00)

Fires: 86,418

Acres: 7,025,680

10-year average

1999 - 2008

Fires: 71,521

Acres: 6,546,012

Current Wildland Fires

Arizona

Fires: 0

Acres: 0

New fires: 0

Fires contained: 0

WFU Fires: 1 Acres: 3,182 New WFU: 0
Marteen (Kaibab National Forest): 3,182 acres. This Wildland Fire Use incident is being managed for resource benefit.

California

Fires: 1

Acres: 16,269

New fires: 0

Fires contained: 0

Chalk (Los Padres National Forest): 16,269 acres at 98 percent contained. This fire is located nine miles north of Gorda. Structures are threatened. Evacuations are in effect.
Information: Call 805-961-5770 or visit the incident website.

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