On Monday (6-6-22), the U.S. National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) reported that the 2022 wildfire season continues to gain momentum and is currently at a at a pace that is well in excess of both 2021 and its 10-year average. Currently, more than 4,100 wildland firefighters and support personnel are assigned to incidents across the country.
The latest figures are as follows:
- From 1/1/22 through 6/6/22, 28,549 wildfires have been reported and they had burned 1,952,998 acres.
- From 1/1/21 through 6/6/21, 26,413 wildfires had been reported and they had burned 764,807 acres.
- The NIFC notes that 10-year average (2012–2021) for the same time period was 22,000 wildfires that burned 856,612 acres.
In today’s briefing the NIFC is reporting that one large new wildfire was reported on Monday in Alaska. Nationally, 8 large fires have burned 712,830 acres in four states. New Mexico has 5 wildfires burning, with Alaska, Arizona, and Colorado each reporting one large wildfire.
As of today, the NIFC is reporting only 2 of the 8 reported fires have been partially contained.
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