July 28, 2011
"font-size: 14pt">One month ago, forecasters said while we had a cool and wet spring, we should prepare for a
drier and hotter than normal July and August.
style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt">By our standards, July was anything but dry
and hot. What does this do to the fire forecast for the rest of the summer? U-S Forest Service Acting
Fire Staff Officer Richie Harrod says while the upcoming extreme fire season should be much shorter, danger still
lurks before the start of fall.
July, because of those cooler temperatures and above average rain amounts. Firefighters saw the
spring’s effect in the aftermath of thunder and lightning storms that rolled through the valley earlier in
the week, with blazes mopped up much earlier than usual.
Service officials are looking forward to new long-range weather forecasts for the late summer and early fall, due
to come out in early August.