"Dry Winter, Warming Trend Foretell Wildfire Danger"

"BOISE, Idaho -- Two small but unseasonably early fires burning in northern California's wine country and another wind-whipped blaze farther south likely are a harbinger of a nasty summer fire season across the West."

"Officials with the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise said Wednesday in their first 2013 summer fire outlook that a dry winter and expected warming trend mean the potential for significant fire activity will be above normal on the West Coast, in the Southwest and portions of Idaho and Montana.

'We're looking at a combination of a low-moisture winter and a warming and drying pattern in the West that will increase the fire potential,' said Ed Delgado, predictive services manager.

If that sounds familiar to the region's residents, it should."

John Miller reports for the Associated Press May 1, 2013.

Source: AP, 05/02/2013