Western wildfires

Two wildfires were brought under control during the weekend in eastern Idaho.

Twenty wildfires were burning a combined 122,588 acres in six states as of June 18, the National Interagency Fire Center reported.

States reporting large fires were Alaska with 10, New Mexico four, Arizona three, and one each in California, Florida and Oregon.

The 591-acre Jordan Fire was 80% contained 17 miles southwest of Cartago, Calif., in the Inyo National Forest, NIFC reported. The 107-acre Dairy Fire, 15 miles northeast of Bly, Ore., in the Freemont-Winema National Forest, was 0% contained.

Acres burning in Alaska as of June 18 totaled 63,209 and included the 33,710-acre North River Fire, on U.S. Bureau of Land Management ground northeast of Koyuk, and the 12,782-acre Swan Lake fire in timber northeast of Sterling. Both were 0% contained. Acreages of other Alaska fires ranged from 247 to 6,774.

Year-to-date through June 18, the U.S. had 17,305 fires burn a total of 464,108 acres, down 35% and 78%, respectively, from a year earlier, NIFC reported.

A weak low-pressure area was expected to develop over the middle of Alaska’s interior, NIFC said, pulling moisture southward and leaving the interior mostly convection-free. Breezy, dry conditions were anticipated in northern California. Elsewhere across the West, slightly above-normal temperatures were forecast, with winds along the Canadian border.

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