Fire Danger shown above is
representative of the highest FORECAST Fire Danger in
Weiser State Forest District 18. Actual Fire Danger in your area could
Last Updated: Sunday, May 6,
I finally caved; it's the
earliest I ever did so, but I caved. With a
substantial supply of rain and daytime temps ranging
in the 60's, 70's and even the occasional 80's the
green-up has advanced greatly and with it, the
ability of a fire to become anything more than a
nuisance is rapidly dwindling. This is by far
the earliest I have ever seen this occur; at least 2
weeks earlier I would estimate.
While this does not mean that
wildfires are impossible, it does mean they have a
harder time becoming established and spread far less
rapidly because the forest canopy A: reduces the
amount of sunlight reaching the forest floor and B:
provides a buffer against winds that ventilate and
push a fire along. Occasional fire danger
spikes to Moderate or even High are not impossible
so care and common sense need still be exercised to
prevent wildfire ignitions.
Updates will resume in March 2013
or even sooner if conditions require it.
Drought or a bad Fall fire season may cause updates
to resume at an earlier time.