Outlook for wildfire potential, December-March

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The National Interagency Fire Center has released their outlook for wildfire potential for December, 2010 through March, 2011.

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NIFC says:

• La Niña: Persistent warmer and drier than normal weather is expected this winter over the southern tier of states contributing to increased fire potential.

• Drought: Persisting and developing drought across the south-central and southeast U.S. will lead to above normal significant fire potential during winter.

• Fuel Dryness: Increasing dryness across the southern tier of the U.S. this winter will expand above normal significant fire potential westward into southern New Mexico and southeast Arizona by March.

The complete outlook can be found at NIFC.

Here is the Drought Monitor, revised November 23, 2010.

Drought Monitor Nov 23 2010

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Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire.