On Tuesday (5-31-22), the U.S. National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) reported that the 2022 wildfire season remains well ahead of both 2021 and its 10-year average. Currently, more than 5,300 wildland firefighters and support personnel are assigned to incidents across the country.
The latest comparisons are as follows:
- From 1/1/22 through 5/31/22, 27,409 wildfires had been reported and they had burned 1,889,439 acres.
- From 1/1/21 through 5/31/21, 24,949 wildfires had been reported and they had burned 687,017 acres.
- The NIFC notes that 10-year average (2012–2021) for the same time period was 21,033 wildfires that burned 888,724 acres.
In today’s briefing, the NIFC is reporting that one large new wildfire was reported on Monday (5-30-22) in Florida. Nationally, 12 large fires have burned in five states. New Mexico has 5 wildfires burning, with Arizona, Colorado, and Texas each reporting 2 wildfires and Florida reporting one.
As of today (5-31-22), the NIFC is reporting only 1 of the 12 reported fires has been partially contained.
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National Fire News as of March 28, 2022, at 5 p.m. MDT