Idaho agencies predict a busy fire season

Northern Idaho will likely see an above normal fire season this summer, but the rest of the state will probably see a normal season, according to a National Interagency Fire Center report.

NIFC released its National Significant Wildland Fire Potential Outlooks for the upcoming summer Monday. The report showed that with drought, fuel and predicted weather, the fire season will be normal for much of the state and above normal for northern Idaho.

“We didn’t have the snowpack but received quite a bit of precipitation this spring, which can always be good or bad,” said Jennifer Smith, spokeswoman for NIFC. “It helps everything green up and grow, but if everything stays warm and dry (it can be a) beast later.”

Return to or pick up the Idaho Statesman in print Sunday for an in-depth look at what Idaho can expect from the fire season this year, as well as a look back at the past two decades of fire data.