Laramie, Wy – Bureau of Land Management Director Kathleen Clarke says recent rains have eased this year's wildfire outlook
for the West.
After a briefing at the National Interagency Fire Center today, Clarke says there's still potential for serious fires in California, Washington and in the Sierra range. But she says that
overall the season shouldn't be as bad as last year.
Nearly five million acres burned in 2003 - only 600 thousand of that in Alaska. So far this year, more than four-point-eight million acres have burned, with four and a half million of those in the Alaska interior.
Clarke says the Alaska fire season is beginning to wind down. That will free up significant firefighting resources. And Clarke says that leaves the nation well prepared for the final months of
the 2004 fire season.