Idaho fire season delayed but approaching, according to NIFC

Posted at 4:06 PM, Jun 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-10 18:06:48-04

BOISE — 2019 has been a historically wet spring, which means fire year is having a later start. At this point last year, there was already quite a bit of fire activity, but just because we're not experiencing it right now doesn't mean it's not coming.

The Bureau of Land Management says there aren't any specific areas of concern, but the southern portion of Idaho is where they've seen a lot of grass growth due to the wet spring. Officials say that area could experience fire activity as early as the end of this month if we get hot and dry temperatures. That's not the case for the higher elevations.

"The higher elevations where we do still have snowpack, and we had quite a bit of snowfall in this past year, we will see a delay in those areas for fire activity, so your higher elevation such as the Sawtooth National Forest, they're not going to be looking at fire activity for quite some time," said NIFC spokesperson Jessica Gardetto.

The later start means there's more time for training, so at this point, firefighters and officials are ready if need be.

Just west of us, certain areas of California are already under red flag warnings.