Plenty of "grassoline" as fire season begins in Central Washington

A relatively wet spring has prompted considerable growth in wildfire fuels, such as cheatgrass, which could increase chances for a wildfire next week when a warm, dry spell is forecast. While officials predict an earlier start to fire season, the overall danger shouldn’t be any higher than normal, said West Valley Fire Chief Nathan Craig. “We’re going to have quite a bit of good growth on our cheatgrass, so the lowlands I think will have the same fire danger as we have every year,” he said. But an above average snowpack in the higher elevations is expected to delay the fire season there until late July or August, he said. Read more at the Yakima Herald Republic.

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