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Trouble Brewing in California...

While we've been getting generous rainfall here in Colorado, our neighbors to the west haven't been so lucky.  The weather pattern that has brought us all the active weather this Spring and Summer, has caused severe drought conditions in California.  Check out the latest Drought Monitor for California:

 

 

 As you can see, most of California is in the midst of a severe drought.  That means that the upcoming fire season could be a big one.  As you can see below, not too many fires are going:

Current Wildland Fires
Alaska
Fires: 2
Acres: 318,400
New fires: 0
Fires contained: 0
Railbelt Complex (Fairbanks Area, Alaska Department of Forestry): 290,900 acres at an unknown percent contained. This complex of three fires is 12 miles southwest of Nenana. It includes the previously reported Minto Flat South fire. Numerous structures are threatened.
Information: Call 907-832-1835, 907-832-1097 or visit the incident website.
Rock Slough (Upper Yukon Zone, Bureau of Land Management): 27,500 acres at an unknown percent contained. This fire is 47 miles northeast of Fort Yukon. Moderate fire behavior was reported.
California
Fires: 1
Acres: 275
New fires: 1
Fires contained: 0
NEW Knight (Stanislaus National Forest): 275 acres at zero percent contained. This fire is 10 miles north of Twain Harte.
Information: Call 209-532-3671 or visit the incident web site.
 
Idaho
Fires: 2
Acres: 298
New fires: 1
Fires contained: 0
NEW Eghtmile Creek (Boise National Forest): 148 acres at an unknown percent contained. This confine/contain fire is 10 miles northeast of Lowman. This will be the last report unless significant activity occurs.
Good Luck (Salmon Challis National Forest): 150 acres at 10 percent contained. This incident is 25 miles southwest of Salmon.
Montana
Fires: 1
Acres: 589
New fires: 0
Fires contained: 1
Rescue (Helena National Forest): 589 acres at 60 percent contained. This incident is 22 miles northeast of Helena.
Nevada
Fires: 1
Acres: 572
New fires: 1
Fires contained: 0
NEW Independence (Elko District, Bureau of Land Management): 572 acres at 10 percent contained. This incident is 20 miles northeast of Wells.
North Carolina
Fires: 1
Acres: 2,600
New fires: 0
Fires contained: 0
Carolina Bay (National Forests in North Carolina): 2,600 acres at 60 percent contained. This incident is eight miles south of Havelock.
Oregon
Fires: 2
Acres: 3,110
New fires: 1
Fires contained: 0
NEW Cougar Creek (Malheur National Forest): 700 acres at 15 percent contained. This fire is 10 miles south of John Day.
McGinnis Creek (John Day Unit, Oregon DOF): 2,410 acres at 20 percent contained. This incident is ten miles southwest of Kimberly.
Texas
Fires: 2
Acres:636
New fires: 0
Fires contained: 0
2009 Summer Wildfire Response (Texas Forest Service): 6,646 acres at zero percent contained. These fires are located through the state. Reported acreage is a cumulative total.
Beaver Lake (Texas Forest Service): 1,300 acres at 40 percent contained. This incident is two miles northeast of Juno.
Utah
Fires: 2
Acres:4,075
New fires: 0
Fires contained: 0
Steep Creek (Vernal Field Office, Bureau of Land Management): 309 acres at 90 percent contained. This fire is 11 miles northeast of Boulder.
Bridge (Dixie National Forest): 3,766 acres at 80 percent contained. This previously reported incident is eight miles southwest of Bryce Canyon.
Information: Call 435-559-3159 or visit the incident web site.
 
Washington
Fires: 1
Acres: 955
New fires: 0
Fires contained: 0
Johnson Lake Complex (Colville Agency, Bureau of Indian Affairs): 955 acres at 70 percent contained. This complex is six miles northeast of Nespelem. Structures are threatened.

 However, the wet season is still quite a ways away and that gives California too much time to get burning.  The problem after it burns, is that California will likely see a very wet Fall and Winter.  El Nino is notorious for bringing big and wet storms to the state, and that could mean mudslides and a whole other kind of problem toward the end of '09 and beginning of '10.  Seems like it is always something with that state, and this year, the problem will likely be two fold.  With California in soooooo much debt, I am sure the National Govt. will likely fit most of the bill to clean up California.  What does that mean?  You guessed it.  Taxpayer dollars will be hard at work in California.  I know, I am thrilled too...

Chief Meteorologist Brian Bledsoe

 

 

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