Prediction: Above Normal Potential for West Coast Fires

By Paige Browning

A wildfire sprung up in Washington state today (Wednesday) just outside of the Washington, Idaho, Oregon border. It's called the Mail Trail, and so far it has burned more than 2,400 acres, and is 0% contained.  It’s one of the first Washington wildfires this season large enough to garner interest from the National Interagency Fire Center.  But fire officials expect a lot of fire activity along the west coast this summer, according to Ed Delgado, NIFC’s program manager for prediction services.
 
Delgado: “What we’re looking at for this year is above normal potential for significant fires across a good portion of California, and then stretching up into Oregon and Washington by July.  And spreading farther eastward across central and southwest Idaho, and into southwestern Montana, and we start to get into mid-to-late July, and in August.”  Delgado spoke at a press conference in Boise.

In addition to the new Washington fire, two fires in eastern Oregon near the town Vale have burned a total of 15,000 acres. The fire center is not monitoring any wildfires in Idaho at this time.
 
Just south of Spokane, in Valleyford on Thursday, firefighters from the county, state, and federal level will do a live-fire training drill.  Fire District eight says several small grass fires have popped up locally in the last week.
 
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