USA Fire & Smoke Report & Forecast – July 26, 2022 | Two New Large Fires Reported in Montana Yesterday While Firefighters Contain Another 10

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Smoke forecast for July 26, 2022. Credit: NOAA

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National Preparedness Level 3

as of July 12 at 5:00 a.m. MDT (on a scale from 1 to 5)

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July 26, 2022

Currently, 84 large fires and complexes have burned 3,071,353 acres in 13 states. Two new large fires were reported in Montana and wildland firefighters contained 10 large fires yesterday. Four Type 1 incident management teams (IMT) and six Type 2 IMTs are assigned to incidents across the country. Residents near the Moose Fire in Idaho and the Oak Fire in California have been evacuated from their homes.

In 2022, 38,402 wildfires have burned 5,578,815 acres. People caused 34,935 wildfires that burned 2,364,338 acres. Lightning ignited 3,231 wildfires with 3,207,755 acres burned. The states with the most human-caused wildfires include: Texas, California, North Carolina, Georgia, and Alabama. As record temperatures and very dry fuels continue to be reported in many states, wildland firefighters need everyone to do their part to prevent wildfires.

The Pacific Northwest, northern California, northern Great Basin and parts of the Northern Rockies will be very hot and dry with the potential for dry thunderstorms. Oklahoma, Texas, the Ozarks and the lower Mississippi Valley will continue to be very hot and dry. For more information, visit the Predictive Services fuels and fire danger summaryfire weather and potential briefing, and the seven-day significant fire potential outlook.

When it comes to protecting homes and communities from wildfires, firefighters can not do it alone. As more of us live in the urban interface where homes and communities meet the wildlands, wildfire prevention and protection become everyone’s responsibility. Simple Firewise steps can help you and your neighbors minimize your risk from wildfire and maximize your safety. Reduce your risks and help our firefighters by becoming fire adaptive and Firewise.


As the weak upper low tracks along the northern California and Pacific Northwest coasts, isolated high-based showers and dry thunderstorms are possible in the central/northern Sierra, Sacramento Valley, and Coast Ranges and southern Cascades of northern California into southern and perhaps western Oregon. Chances for high-based showers and dry thunderstorms may extend into northwest Nevada as well. Hot, dry, and unstable conditions are expected across much of California, the Pacific Northwest, and northern Great Basin into the northern Rockies, with high temperatures in the 90s and 100s about 8-20°F above normal. Poor to moderate RH recovery is expected as well.

Monsoonal thunderstorms remain likely across much of the Southwest, southern Great Basin, and Colorado Rockies, with mixed wet/dry thunderstorms likely in the southern/central Sierra and Transverse Ranges. Hot, dry, and unstable conditions will continue across the southern Plains and into Arkansas and the Lower Mississippi Valley, with thunderstorms likely from the Ohio Valley through the southern/central Appalachians into the Mid-Atlantic and along the Gulf Coast. Gusty southwest winds will continue across the northern half of Alaska, with wetting rain and showers likely to push into central and eastern portions of the Interior, but the northeast Interior may remain dry.

Credit: NIFC
Credit: NIFC
Credit: NIFC

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