The cool temperatures and recent rain kept fire danger in southern Idaho below normal for the last month and going into June.
Usually the grasses and other desert plants are dry and brown by now, making the rangelands burn on a spark or a hot muffler, let alone an explosive target.
“We’re still in green-up,” said Ed Delgado, manager of the Predictive Services unit at the National Interagency Fire Center. “It’s been awfully quiet.”
But now the vegetation is beginning to dry out and becoming fuel. That means fire season has moved back into the normal range for June and so we can expect action to pick up.
Meanwhile, Delgado’s team predicted higher than normal fire danger in California and New Mexico and guess what: It’s burning.
So when he predicts higher than normal fire potential for July and August for Idaho, people should listen. If you haven’t cleared out fuel from around your forest or range home or cabin yet it might be good time to start.