UW: Wildfire Season Wildfire Season Expected To Be Relatively Quiet

Ask the University of Washington, and they’ll tel you that the upcoming wildfire season, does not appear to be dire.

“Looking at all the best models and, you know, I’m looking at the European Center and some of the really, the best tools we have,” said UW professor of Atmospheric Sciences, Cliff Mass. “None of them show drier than normal conditions over the summer. So, what they’re showing is wetter than normal for the next month and then near normal the rest of the summer. That’s what the best models are indicating right now.”

Mass added things east of the Cascades look very good right now.

“If you look at the percentage of average precipitation, the place that’s been most anomalous the last month is Eastern Washington and the Northeast Washington,” Mass noted. “So, it’s been overall wetter than normal, the whole state, but the eastern side is the one that’s been really wet, okay, and that’s actually good because that’s where the wildfires are.”

According to Mass current wildfire risk is very low across Washington and there’s no reason to expect that risk to be higher than normal.


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