Fire officials to brief governor on upcoming fire season

Division of Forestry firefighter during Nevada’s 2006 fire season.

CARSON CITY, Nev.–Governor Jim Gibbons will host a media briefing regarding the forecast for the 2007 wildfire season on Tuesday, April 10, 2007. Fire officials from the Nevada Division of Forestry, U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management will review variables critical to fire prevention and preparedness. WHAT: Governor Jim Gibbons to host media briefing regarding forecast for 2007 wildfire seasonWHERE: Media Room, second floor, State Capitol Annex

WHEN: Tuesday, April 10, 2007

TIME: 9:00 AM PDT

In 2006, Nevada experienced its most devastating fire season on record. More than 1.3 million acres burned, primarily in the eastern part of the state. The 2007 fire season is expected to be similarly destructive. The lack of precipitation, including snow cover, has left a majority of fine fuels, such as grasses, dry and standing. Larger fuels, such as logs, standing dead trees and brush, have been severely stressed by the lack of precipitation and are demonstrating fuel moistures typically seen in July. Warm windy conditions are rapidly melting 40 percent of the yearly average mountain snowpack, which will lead to wildfire potential at higher elevations than last year. Collectively, these conditions are setting the stage for a very serious wildfire season across the state.

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