Twin Falls, Idaho (KMVT-TV) It's already been a big year for wildfires here in southern Idaho and the surrounding states.
Fire conditions are much worse this year than they've been in half a decade.
Less than a month into fire season, it's clear the 2012 season is shaping up to be a scorcher.
"Last week we had two very large fires. One was 200 acres and the other was 100 acres. The fear with those is they were both next to wild land urban interface communities," said Chief Jason Keller, Rock Creek Fire District.
A typical fire season runs between mid–June and mid-October.
But, this year's dry conditions have caused the season to jump ahead of schedule.
"Conditions are about a month ahead of time what we normally see this time of year. So, we're seeing drying conditions that are really reflective of about right now," said Chris Simonson, BLM, Fire Management Officer.
Fire conditions in Twin Falls County have been elevated to high as of Monday leaving fire officials concerned as we head into the Fourth of July holiday.
"We certainly don't want to get into the same kind of situation that's going on in Colorado or Utah. Those situations are terrible. Or even really much closer to home in Pocatello where human caused fire burned down 66 homes," said Simonson.
Officials are asking people to be aware of the conditions if they're doing any outdoor burning.
Here are a few things to keep in mind...
"Don't do it on a windy day, make sure you have water on location and somebody manning that fire at all times," said Chief Keller.
And, if you're going camping this week and plan on building a campfire, make sure you have adequate supplies.
"Make sure you have a shovel, make sure you have water and then when you are trying to put it out make sure you use the back of your hand to feel those coals when you think it's extinguished. If you can still feel heat it's hot enough to reignite," said Nathan Lancaster, Fire Management, Sawtooth National Forest.
It just takes one mistake to ignite a massive wildfire in these conditions.