Looking to Summer: wildfire potential will be above-normal

This summer is predicted to have above normal fire potential, according to the National Interagency Fire Center.

A meteorologist says what will change over the next few months are the areas of the country that will feel the greater impact.

“For May, we’re looking at above normal fire potential in most of the southwest, from southeast Arizona to most of New Mexico into the adjacent High Plains of Texas and Oklahoma, and then also up in the front range of Colorado toward the four corner regions. Then some other areas that we’re also a little bit concerned about for this month will be across the higher elevations of the southern Great Basin, Nevada, and Utah and then some of the lower elevations in northern California,” Jim Wallmann explains.

He says the one area of good news is Alaska which is expected to have below normal potential for the next few weeks.


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