Wildfire Preparedness Still High in Wyoming and Great Basin

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The USFS warns that its reached Preparedness Level 5 in Wyoming and throughout the Great Basin.

If you enjoy fresh air and clear skies it is probably no surprise to you that its fire season here in the west.

When asked where all the smoke is coming from, the answer is everywhere and the end of fire season is not in the near future according to the predictive services office.  https://www.predictiveservices.nifc.gov/outlooks/monthly_seasonal_outlook.pdf

Wyoming, along with the other states in the Great Basin, is at a Fire Preparedness Level 5 nationally.

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This means there is still high possibilities of wildland fire occurring, and the resources to fight them have already been heavily committed this season.

The Geographic Area’s Coordination Center is working with the National Interagency Coordination Center prioritizing resources as they become available into the system.

There are about 2,700 people assigned to fires in the Great Basin and nationally about 27,500 people are assigned.

The Forest Service is tracking about 41 fires in the Great Basin and about a dozen of them are high priority for resource allocation.

You can see the priority order of our fires every morning in the National Incident Management Situation Report.  https://www.nifc.gov/nicc/sitreprt.pdf