Wildfires - September 2002

The satellite image to the right shows 2 fires burning in early September. From the NIFC's September 3rd report, the Commissary Ridge Fire in Wyoming had burned approximately 1,800 acres and was 20% contained as of the 3rd, and the Big Fish Fire in Colorado had scorched 15,800 acres and was 0% contained. Further information on this year's fire season can be found at the National Interagency Fire Center's web-site.

Fire activity has been much reduced in September compared to the earlier months of the fire season. Though the eastern season should now be beginning to get underway, rainfall associated with tropical systems has helped to alleviate some drought in the southeast, and fire risk is much reduced in these areas. The image to the left shows a fire burning to the northeast of Los Angeles, California, in the Angeles National Forest. The NIFC incident report of September 27th indicated that the Williams Fire had burned over 32,000 acres and was only 35% contained at the time of that report.

As of September 30th Nationwide Number of Fires Nationwide Number of Acres Burned
2002 67,304 6,579,125
2001 63,161 3,228,802
2000 80,294 6,866,910
10-year Average 70,541 3,470,409

Seasonal (January 1-September 30th) wildfire statistics, according to the National Interagency Fire Center are in the table to the right.



Citing This Report

NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information, State of the Climate: Wildfires for September 2002, published online October 2002, retrieved on August 24, 2019 from https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/sotc/fire/200209.

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