Snow helps wrap up below-average wildfire season

Posted at 11:43 AM, Oct 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-20 07:17:59-04

Officials say this year’s below-average fire season has pretty much wrapped up in the West, dampened by measureable snowfall already dusting parts of the Rocky Mountains and the Northwest.

Jessica Gardetto of the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho, says wildfires are still active only in the Southwest, especially Southern California. She says the West saw a below-average fire season overall, with about 7,500 square miles burned.

Gardetto says wet fall weather has tamped down the blazes.

Snow fell this week in several western states. It covered Old Faithful on Monday in Yellowstone National Park, where wildfires burned this summer. And about a foot of snow fell in western Wyoming at elevations as low as 7,000 feet.

Gardetto says fire officials at the center will soon start looking ahead to next year.

(by Associated Press)