Boise smokejumpers deployed in coordination with the National Interagency Fire Center

National fire preparedness level jumps to level 3
Posted at 3:29 PM, Jun 29, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-29 17:29:29-04

The national fire preparedness level jumped from level two to level three on Friday, June 29, the National Interagency Fire Center is sending resources south from their headquarters in Idaho to deal with wildfires.

80 percent of the smokejumpers from the Boise BLM are currently in Colorado, Utah and Nevada, NIFC believes it's only a matter of time before fires start happening farther north in places like Idaho, NIFC believes this summer will be above average for wildfires.

NIFC controls the logistics of fighting fires while using different resources to contain wildfires but also attempting to stop fires before they can spread.

"Thankfully we have a predictive service group that assesses moisture and what the weather is going to do over the next few weeks and few months to determine where we need firefighters," said Jessica Gardetto of NIFC.

The overall number of fires and acres burned so far in 2018 is right on par with where the numbers have been in the last several years.

So far 2,338,398 acres have been burned by 28,708 fires across the country, last year the numbers are 2,786,814 acres were scorched by 29,829 fires.

To learn more about smokejumpers and their equipment check out the video.