United States wildfire managers today raised the National Preparedness Level to its highest point, Level 5, for the first time since the summer of 2008. (See news release below). The designation signals a high level of wildfire activity that is putting a strain on the nation’s fire-fighting capabilities.
Large fires are burning throughout the West, in Alaska, Arizona, California, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.
The National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) in Boise, Idaho, issues daily updates on all major (and many minor) wildfires.