REXBURG, Idaho – This year’s wildfire season is looking to be much calmer this year.
by Dale Spaulding
With summer in full swing, and counties like Bannock enacting fire bans, southeastern Idahoans may wonder if this year’s threat of wildfires is growing. But this season as a whole doesn’t look particularly exciting.
According to Bafil Newmerzhycki, a fire meteorologist with the US Forest Service, we have had a very wet winter. That means, with the runoff from mountain tops still coming through SE Idaho’s valleys, the dangers of wildfire won’t effect the area that strongly.
Bafil explained that the phenomenon of El Niño, which normally brings much drier weather in winter, actually brought more moisture to Idaho than normal. As La Niña approaches, Bafil seemed intrigued with what the new weather patterns might mean.
You can hear the full interview with him, as well as the research he’s been doing on our area’s rare El Niño event, on our Soundcloud page, here.