Issued early in May by the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC), the summer wildfire outlook shows increased wildfire potential in the southwestern U.S., Florida and southern Georgia where conditions remain very dry. Yesterday the national planning level was raised to two (2).
Incidents such as the West Mims Fire in Georgia, which has burned 235 square miles, or the 47,000-acre Saw Mill Fire in Arizona, have contributed to twice the average number of acres burned, more than two million acres so far this year. However, NIFC predicts that the western wildfire season may start later due to abundant winter snowpack and late spring precipitation.
Meanwhile in Minnesota
As of May 16, 2017 Minnesota Incident Command System (MNICS) agencies report 461 wildfires for 2,263 total acres burned. That is 51 percent fewer wildfires than at this time last year. With less suppression activity, agencies have conducted 434 prescribed fires for 68,091 acres nearly doubling prescribed fires done by this time last year. Read More »