We thought that the following report from the National Interagency Fire Center about all the wildfires in the US was interesting…
Nearly 30,000 wildland firefighters and support personnel are battling wildfires in 10 states. Yesterday, 16 new large fires were reported, most of them in Idaho and Montana. The year-to-date acres burned is now about 7.1 million acres. This is the earliest the number of national acres burned has been more than 7 million in the past 20 years. About 72 percent of the current year-to-date acres burned are from the large fires in Alaska earlier this summer.
For the first time since 2006, the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) in Boise, Idaho is mobilizing active duty military personnel to serve as firefighters to assist with wildfire suppression efforts.
The National Multi-Agency Coordinating Group (NMAC) at NIFC requested the Department of Defense (DOD) to provide 200 active duty military personnel to assist with firefighting efforts. The DOD has approved the request and identified the 17th Field Artillery Brigade, 7th Infantry Division, Army located at Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) in Washington to provide the active duty military personnel. The Soldiers will be organized into ten crews of 20 persons each, all of which will be sent to the same wildfire, which is in the process of being identified. For more information about the military mobilization click here.
Four MAFFS C-130 Airtankers are assigned to McClellan Airfield in Sacramento, California in support of wildland fire operations. Two aircraft are provided by the 302nd Airlift Wing, Colorado Springs, Colorado. One aircraft is provided by the 153rd Airlift Wing, Cheyenne, Wyoming. One aircraft is provided by the 145th Airlift Wing, Charlotte, North Carolina.
Weather: A cold front sweeping across the Rockies will keep breezy to windy conditions across much of the Great Basin and parts of the northern and central Rockies. Isolated showers will develop over western and central Montana. Hot and dry conditions will continue over California and the desert Southwest. Scattered thunderstorms and heavy rain will form ahead of the Front across the northern Plains to the Great Lakes. Scattered afternoon thunderstorms will dot the eastern U.S.