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Fire season in Northwestern Wyoming could be less severe than last year. The National Interagency Fire Center has issued their predictions for the upcoming fire season which indicate near normal conditions here from May through August.  According to the NIFC report, several late season winter storms brought heavy snow to the northern and central Rockies but the seasonal snowpack here was near. At the same time though, the report says nearly all areas west of the Rocky Mountains except the far northern tier are experiencing both live and dead fuel moistures which are extremely low, raising the probability for early severe fire activity that will likely continue into summer. East of the Rocky Mountains, storms have produced periodic moisture influxes necessary to reduce drought and moisten fuels. In many of these areas the report says, much colder than normal temperatures have delayed green up and vegetation is reaching its mature state much later than normal, delaying fire season onset and potentially shortening it as well. Still, weather forecasters are calling for warmer and drier than average conditions later this summer in our area.

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