USA Fire & Smoke Report & Forecast – August 12, 2022 | Sixty-Seven Large Fires and Complexes Have Burned 1,696,851 Acres in 16 States

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Fire and smoke map for USA on August 12, 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)

Current hours for the National Fire Information Center are
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This report will be updated Monday through Friday.
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August 12, 2022

Sixty-seven large fires and complexes have burned 1,696,851 acres in 16 states. Eight new large fires were reported, three in Texas and one each in Alaska, Idaho, Oklahoma, Oregon and Washington. Nearly 11,000 wildland firefighters and support staff are assigned to incident across the country. To date, 41,456 wildfires have burned 5,902,571 acres. This continues to be above the 10-year average of 36,609 wildfires and 4,204,225 acres burned.

The Northern California, Northwest and Northern Rockies areas continue to see very dry fuels. Parts of Oklahoma and Texas remain under an advisory for critically dry fuels. The potential for wildfire activity is high with hot temperatures and dry fuels in many states.

The Predictive Services staff at the National Interagency Coordination Center released the significant wildland fire potential outlook for August, September, October and November. For additional information, visit the Predictive Services fuels and fire danger summaryfire weather and potential briefing, and the seven-day significant fire potential outlook.

After a day of recreating on our public lands, nothing feels more cozy and warm than sitting by a campfire and enjoying the night sky. Before lighting one, check fire restrictions in your local area. Use existing fire rings, keep campfires small, and make sure it is completely out and cold to the touch before leaving and going to bed. Please recreate responsibly and do your part to prevent wildfires.

Smoke forecast for August 12, 2022. Credit: NOAA


Isolated to scattered mixed wet and dry thunderstorms are expected across northern and eastern Washington, far eastern Oregon, and much of Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming this afternoon. Wetter storms are more likely across southeast Idaho, Wyoming, and southern Montana. The greatest concern for new ignitions, including new significant fires, will exist across northern Idaho and northwest Montana. Monsoon thunderstorms will continue across eastern Nevada, western Colorado, and much of Utah and the Southwest. Dry and breezy conditions are likely in portions of southern Oregon, northeast California, and far northwest Nevada this afternoon, and drier air will increase across portions of the Inland Northwest through the Sierra and western Nevada.

Trade winds are expected to weaken over the Hawai’ian Islands, but locally elevated conditions may continue on leeward sections of the islands. Hot, dry, and breezy conditions are likely on portions of the central Plains. Scattered to widespread thunderstorms are likely from southern Texas through much of the Southeast, mostly staying south and east of the Appalachians, with less coverage in much of Florida.

Weather forecast map August 12, 2022. Credit: NOAA
Credit: NIFC
Credit: NIFC
Credit: NIFC

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