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A Look At The 2013 Forest Fire Season

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By Andrew Reed

Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV KTWT-TV ) Big changes are in store for the nation's forests as global warming increases.

Wildfires are expected to be on the rise, the season is just around the corner and firefighters are preparing.

"Our fire season really depends on how early the snow comes off in the spring” said Nathan Lancaster, Sawtooth National Forest.

Officials are seeing snow levels at a historic range, about one-hundred percent normal for the forest.

"As the summer approaches and the snow leaves and people start recreating, we want to make sure people are aware of their campfires and make sure they're out before they leave” said Lancaster.

The federal government has spent more than one- billion dollars in recent years combating wildfires.

The national oceanic and atmospheric administration reports, last year was the warmest on record in the lower 48 states.

9.2 million acres burned, the third-highest on record, a number firefighters hope not to see in the gem state.

Forest fire season in Idaho is expected to begin in June.


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