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Tue., June 18, 2013, 12:07 p.m.

State braces for ‘above normal’ fire season

Idaho state forester David Groeschl briefs the Land Board Tuesday on the upcoming wildfire season (Betsy Russell)
Idaho state forester David Groeschl briefs the Land Board Tuesday on the upcoming wildfire season (Betsy Russell)

Idaho’s gearing up for an above-normal fire season on state land, state forester David Groeschl told the state Land Board this morning, after Secretary of State Ben Ysursa inquired. “We’ve got some awful dry conditions,” Ysursa said. “What’s your crystal ball on the fire season coming up?” Groeschl said long-range predictions call for warmer than average temperatures and below-normal precipitation over much of the state. “And right now, the fuel moistures are lower than we normally see this time of year,” he said. “So if weather conditions do not change, I would expect a very active fire season.”

He added, “We are preparing for an above-normal fire season.”




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Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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