WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The threat of wildfire will be above normal for at least the next month in the deep South, upper New England, the upper Great Lakes and the southwestern area. That information comes from the latest prediction from the National Interagency Fire Coordination Center (NIFCC) in Boise, Idaho.
Florida has seen some relief in recent days from the wildfires that have burned tens of thousands of acres since Jan. 1, but not enough to make a significant change in the drought conditions there. Despite the lack of rain, there was no reported significant fire activity in the state during the latest reporting period (May 5). As a result, there were no reports of additional structural loss due to fire.
The area of the southeast under the above-normal threat includes southern Georgia, southern Alabama, southern Mississippi, the lower half of Louisiana and a small sliver of the Texas east coast.
A large area of New England from Maine to northern Pennsylvania also falls into the above-normal category. There have been numerous wildfires in several New England states in the recent week to 10 days.
Conditions also remain quite dry in the upper Great Lakes, making conditions there very conducive to fire. A recent blaze in Minnesota was controlled and extinguished before it could consume nearly 20 houses. Firefighters battled that blaze near Andora, Minn., from both the ground and the air.
In the southwest, all of New Mexico and portions of western Texas, southeastern Arizona and Southern California are also in the above-normal category. Except for a small section of northern Arizona, which falls into the below-normal category, the remainder of the country is in the normal zone for wildfire activity.
The NIFCC publishes a monthly wildfire-prediction report. The next one is scheduled to be issued for the first seven to 10 days of June.