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Fire risk now highest of the season

Aug 2, 2012 - The Associated Press

Wildfire experts say states across Wyoming and the West are now at the highest risk of the season for wildfires as hot weather patterns continue to dry out fuels and forests across the region.

Ed Delgado at the National Interagency Fire Center says the biggest concern in August comes for Northern Rockies states including Wyoming, Idaho and Montana, as well as the Great Basin states of Utah, Nevada and Oregon.

Delgado says hot and dry conditions will persist through August, but the forecast also calls for higher chances of thunderstorms.

NIFC Wildfire Analyst Jeremy Sullens says the conditions are already ripe for higher-elevation timber fires to ignite in Idaho, Montana and Wyoming -- especially as higher elevation fuels dry out.

Officials say most western wildfires so far have been in lower-elevation areas.

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