The National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) has reported numerous large fires across the West. The National preparedness level reported was a level 2. Four new fires were reported in an updated web announcement on July 28th.
They also stated that they are still supporting fire suppression efforts in Canada and that several states are supporting firefighting efforts of our neighbors in Canada through interstate forest fire compacts.
The states in the US reporting large fires to NIFC include Alaska 4, California 5, Montana 4, Oregon 2, Washington 2 and Wyoming 1. The acres affected by wildfires from these active fires was listed as 708,009 acres.
It was interesting to note on their prevention tab, a link to the Firewise website under the heading, “Protecting Your Home From a Wildland Fire”. They talked about using fire resistant materials in the construction of the home and maintaining a survivable space. These are actions we can all take as well as simple steps like keeping firewood and other flammable materials away from the side of the home and keeping decks and gutters free of leaves and pine needles. Make sure that you know what actions to take to make your family, pets and home safer in the event of a wildfire by visiting the Firewise website so that we can have a Year of Living Less Dangerously from Wildfire.