Fire season looms after late winter storms fuel brush growth

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — The late winter storms that helped bolster Nevada’s lagging snowpack also jump-started the growth of grasses and brush that potentially could fuel another big wildfire season.

National Weather Service meteorologist Chris Smallcomb told Gov. Brian Sandoval at an annual wildfire briefing Wednesday that he hates to use the term “worst-case-scenario,” but that it appears to be leading up to another active fire season.

State Forester Kacey KC agreed that “conditions are aligning to have a lot of natural-caused fires.”

About 1.3 million acres burned in Nevada last year, making it the third-worst wildfire season in recorded history.

KC said 2018 is off to a hotter start, with 40 fires coming in the first two months of the year. She says last year, the fire season didn’t really begin until June.

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