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Tue July 4, 2006
New Fire Forecast Calls for Above Normal Fire Potential
Laramie, Wy – The latest wildland fire forecast from
federal land managers says above-normal temperatures this summer across the West will boost fire potential.
The only western state that isn't in the category of above-normal fire danger is Alaska, where persistent showers have kept a lid on the season so far.
In the Northwest, forecasters point to Oregon's Klamath Basin and Hells Canyon along the Idaho, Oregon and Washington borders as potential hot spots, while northern Colorado and Wyoming are forecast to have above-normal fire potential this month.
In the Great Basin, fire danger is increasing in southern and central Utah on the eastern rim while an abundance of dried-out grass in Nevada's Spring Mountains could pose problems for the western rim of the basin.
The fire season in the Southwest is slowing down with recent rain showers, but forecasters say those monsoons could bring dry lightning and thunderstorms into the north, triggering fires in Colorado, Utah, Wyoming and southern Idaho.