Good weather brings relief to wildfire outlook in U.S.

Source: Xinhua| 2017-10-02 06:51:09|Editor: Mengjie
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LOS ANGELES, Oct. 1 (Xinhua) -- Cool and rainy weather in the coming three months will help the United State to take a break from one of the worst wildfire in a decade, National Wildland Significant Fire Potential Outlook said Sunday.

According to the document updated and released by National Interagency Fire Center, a nationwide Multi-Agency coordination organization based in Boise of Idaho, from October to December, the risk of big wildfires will still be above average for Southern California, but other western states will get brief.

"Abundant rain and mountain snowfall across the Pacific Northwest, Northern Rockies, and Great Basin in mid September ended the record dry conditions and brought fire danger indices down to seasonal levels entering October." the document showed in both a press release and maps.

Meanwhile, even though the fall is also typically a peak in fire activity for the Southeast, the report indicated that, however this year three historically Hurricanes brought sufficient moisture to the region, keeping the place at low potential for wildfire.

Across the nation, 8.4 million acres (33,993 square kilometers) burned this year, the size of Massachusetts, marking 2017 as one of the worst wildfire season in decade.

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said last Tuesday that more than 2 billion U.S. dollars was spent on thousands of fires across the country during the last 9 months, creating a budget crisis for the Forest Service.

Perdue disclosed that at the peak of this fire season, 28,000 firefighters were active, while on average 16,000 people worked on fires around the country each day.