USA Fire & Smoke Report & Forecast – July 20, 2022 | 5 New Large Fires Reported Yesterday, “Extreme Fire Behavior” Reported in Idaho and Texas

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Smoke forecast for July 20, 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 20, 2022

Almost 3.1 million acres have burned in 86 large fires and complexes across the country. Five new large fires were reported, two in Oklahoma, and one in Idaho, Montana and Texas. Extreme fire behavior was reported on large fires in Idaho and Texas. The Alaska Multi-Agency Coordinating Group downgraded the geographic area to preparedness level 3 yesterday due to continued moderation of fire weather and demobilization of resources including crews and aircraft.

So far in 2022, 37,395 wildfires have burned 5,499,140 acres in the United States. Lightning ignited nearly 3,000 wildfires that burned 3.2 million acres. People have caused more than 34,300 wildfires that burned nearly 2.3 million acres. The states with the most human-caused wildfires are Texas, North Carolina, California, Georgia, and Florida. As hot temperatures and very dry fuels continue to dominate many states, please do your part to prevent wildfires and recreate responsibly.

Critical weather conditions are expected in parts of the Great Basin, northern Rocky Mountains, and high plains of Nebraska and South Dakota today. Stay informed on current and expected weather and fire danger with the Predictive Services fuels and fire danger summaryfire weather and potential briefing, and the seven-day significant fire potential outlook.

Air quality forecast for July 20, 2022. Credit:
Air quality forecast for July 20, 2022. Credit:


Above normal temperatures will continue across much of the West, southern Plains, Ozarks, and Lower Mississippi Valley, with highs of 90-110ºF in the lower elevations and 80s and 90s in the mountains. Relative humidity of 5-20% is expected across much of the West except the greater Four Corners, with poor overnight recovery for mid-slopes and ridges in California, the Great Basin, and Inland Northwest. Locally elevated fire weather conditions are possible through the Cascade Gaps, northern Sierra, and northern Great Basin, with dry and breezy post-frontal conditions across portions of the northern Plains. Monsoon thunderstorms will continue across the Four Corners and possibly eastern Nevada but will likely be less numerous than previous days. Scattered thunderstorms are likely across portions of the southern High Plains and in southern Oklahoma and north Texas, with some of these storms likely becoming severe. Strong to severe thunderstorms are forecast for the eastern Great Lakes and Ohio Valley, with scattered thunderstorms continuing across much of the Southeast. Showers, cooler temperatures, and higher relative humidity will continue across much of southern and western Alaska, but gusty southerly winds are expected in portions of the Interior.

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