Idaho fire season below average but primed to burn

BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) - So far this year the Idaho fire season is only a third of the 10 year average. Officials say triple digit heat is causing some very dry conditions that could spread fire easily.

So far over 39,000 acres have burned over the last week with the major fires crews are currently battling around the state. Ken Frederick of the National Interagency Fire Center said even with low numbers things could get bad.

"We're expecting things to really pick up, and the reason is because we've had a coincidence of hot dry windy weather and lightening over the last three to five days," said Frederick.

That's what has lead to many of the current fires crews are battling. Wet conditions in the higher elevations has prevented many timber fires from sparking. Although Frederick said in the triple digit heat those areas could get very dry within a couple of weeks.

Southwest Idaho is a high fire risk right now because of the dry conditions and crews worry it could still experience large fires.

With this being the halfway point of fire season officials from NIFC are hopeful that if major human caused fires can be avoided. They might be able to see low burn rates until September when risk begins to decrease.

"The humidity is just going to increase and that essentially puts a lid on fires," Frederick said. "So I would say we are in fairly good shape right now."