Boise, ID. — The National Fire Preparedness Level has been raised to ‘Level 5’ its highest point as of Friday afternoon. The last time the National Preparedness Level was raised to 5 was in 2015.
Preparedness Level 5 indicates a high amount of wildfire activity and means that further assistance from the military and/or international resources may be needed to combat the fires.
The majority of the fire activity this year remains in California, Montana and Oregon. Hot and dry weather conditions continue to drive fire activity, and with little to no moisture, across parts of California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana, hundreds of new fires are sparking almost daily.
This fire season to date, has seen the most fires in a span of 6 years, there hasn’t been a season with more fires since 2011.
This year 40,845 wildfires have burned over 6 million acres in the United States, which is slightly below the ten-year average of 44,210 fires. More acreage has burned so far in the 2017 fire season than the 10 year average.
2 large fires are actively burning in Idaho, the Hanover fire, 4 miles northeast of Florence and the Powerline fire, 20 miles southwest of Pocatello.
Neighboring states Utah and Wyoming each currently have 1 large fire burning within their borders, Utah’s Dutch Mountain fire, 5 miles north of Gold Hills, and Wyoming’s Pole Creek fire, 28 miles southeast of Afton.