• Drought: Drought conditions continue to persist over northeast California and northwest Nevada, western Wyoming, western Montana and much of Idaho.
• Snowpack: Snowpack in the Southwest has been well above average, while in western Wyoming through the northern Rockies the snowpack has been well below average.
• Grassland Fuels: Abundant fine fuels across southern Arizona are expected to lead to an active 4-6 week grassland fire season. Fine fuels are not expected to be of concern in the Great Basin. There is an increased large fire risk over the California desert areas in June due to fine fuels, with fire potential decreasing to normal by July.
• Fire Season Onset: In areas with above average snowpack, fire season onset will be delayed due to a later snowpack melt.
• Southwest Monsoon: Early indications suggest monsoon onset will occur around the typical start date or later with associated precipitation amounts near normal for the season.
For additional information, click here: 2010 predictive maps
The good news is our fire potential is below normal.