Significant fire activity moves National Preparedness to Level 4

(Statewide, WY) – The National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC), the nation’s support center for wildland firefighting, has elevated the National Preparedness Level to elevated to Preparedness Level 4 (PL4) as of June 22nd, at 7:30 am MDT.

The preparedness scale ranges from 1 to 5, and this change is “due to a significant increase in fire activity in multiple geographic areas, as well as increased competition for shared resources,” according to the NIFC announcement.

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“In the last 20 years, 2002, 2008, and 2012 are the only previous fire years when the National Preparedness Level has been increased to PL4 in the month of June. Since 1990, today is the second earliest we have increased to PL4.”

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