Fire season 2013 could be a scorcher

Fire season 2013 could be a scorcher
BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) - Cool weather over Idaho the last few months should hold off fire season and keep our skies smoke free, at least for another month.

"By June we'll start to see some increase in fire activity across the southwestern parts of Idaho and southeastern Oregon and as we get into the hotter months of July and August we'll start to spread into the central mountains of Idaho into southwestern Montana," says Ed Delgado, from the National Interagency Fire Center.

Big timber fires like the Trinity Ridge and Halstead last summer kept our skies smoky well into October. But the first big flare-ups of the season were grass fires, the Holloway and the Long Draw fires in southeast Oregon brought smoky skies to Boise by mid-July.

Fortunately it doesn't look like we'll see a repeat of those.

"Probably not. I don't think we'll see the big four, five, six-hundred thousand acre grass fires that we saw last year. Certainly not as many as we saw last year, but we will see problems pick up again in the timber country," says Delgado.

Fire season has arrived a month early in northern California...and downed powerlines and high winds have sparked another massive fire in southern California.

While the golden state burns, the gem state braces for the dry season.