Wildfires Update: National Preparedness Level 3

Posted on June 28, 2013 By

National Inter-agency Fire Center reports:  Four new large fires were reported in Alaska where more than 488,000 acres have burned.

The West Fork Complex and East Peak fires continue to be the main concerns for fire managers in Colorado. Residents near these fires remain evacuated this morning.

An air tanker "pit" crew detaches a fire retardant loading hose from an Air Force Reserve C-130 June 24 prior to the aircraft's departure from Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. Portions of Peterson AFB's flightline were converted into an air tanker base for aerial firefighting operations the same day, providing additional capabilities to both military and civilian air tankers. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Stephen J. Collier)

An air tanker “pit” crew detaches a fire retardant loading hose from an Air Force Reserve C-130 June 24 prior to the aircraft’s departure from Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. Portions of Peterson AFB’s flight-line were converted into an air tanker base for aerial firefighting operations the same day, providing additional capabilities to both military and civilian air tankers.  U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Stephen J. Collier

Four MAFFS C-130 aircraft and support personnel from the 302nd Airlift Wing, Colorado Springs (U.S. Air Force Reserve), and the 146th Airlift Wing, Channel Islands (California Air National Guard) are supporting wild-land fire suppression operations out of Colorado Springs, CO. MAFFS, or Modular Airborne FireFighting System, is a self-contained aerial firefighting system that can discharge 3,000 gallons of water or fire retardant in less than five seconds, covering an area one-quarter of a mile long by 100 feet wide. Once the load is discharged, it can be refilled in less than 12 minutes

The Silver fire in New Mexico is now 100,000 acres and is threatening structures.

Fire Weather Outlooks: Strong high pressure will keep very hot conditions across most of the West. Moisture along the Front Range will fuel thunderstorms from Colorado to New Mexico. Isolated to widely scattered thunderstorms will develop west of the continental divide over the Four Corners region. Meanwhile, mild to warm conditions will remain in place over the eastern half of the nation as showers and thunderstorms develop from the Upper Midwest and Mississippi Valley to the East Coast. In Alaska, although slightly cooler, conditions will continue to be very warm through the Interior. Isolated thunderstorms are possible along the southern coast.

The SPC Short-Range Ensemble Forecast (SREF) system is based on postprocessing the 21 member NCEP SREF plus the 3-hour time lagged, operational (12 km grid spacing) NCEP Eta for a total of 22 members.

The SPC Short-Range Ensemble Forecast (SREF) system is based on post-processing the 21 member NCEP SREF plus the 3-hour time lagged, operational (12 km grid spacing) NCEP Eta for a total of 22 members.

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