This morning's McCall Star-News reports that Valley County Commissioners say they have reason for concern over wildfires this summer.
Fire managers brief commissioners May 6, warning that this summer's forest fires have the potential "to be as bad or worse than the record year of 2007."
"Last year, the conditions were drier than 2007, and it's likely we'll be even drier than we were last year," said Boise National Forest Fire Management Officer Bob Shindelar, according to the Star-News. "I would expect our fire season will start earlier and it's expected to go later in the season.
The Payette Forest lost 400,000 acres to wildfire in 2007. The Boise Forest Saw an additional 250,000 acres burn.
The Star-News reports that readings taken on May 2 saw a 12.6 percent reading for large dead trees laying on the ground. Fuel moisture this time of year should exceed 20 percent and on average reach the 12 percent level in early July. Grasses along the Snake River up to 3,500 feet in elevation on the western Payette are already curing out.