Cheyenne, Wy – Months ago, national fire managers predicted the
2004 wildfire season would be a bad one.
Now, they're changing their forecast: It's going to be worse.
With unseasonably warm temperatures in March and April, the
potential loss of heavy air tankers for safety reasons, and a
years-long drought continuing, Western states and the federal
government are grimly facing the possibility of another devastating
Years of drought have left states across the West vulnerable to
extreme fire conditions.
About a dozen Western states face the possibility of an
above-average fire season.
The greatest threat lies in the Pacific Northwest, the Northern
Rockies of Idaho and Montana, and the Southwest where conditions
are the driest.