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Smoky Bear sez...


Actually, the Idaho Bureau of Land Management director is warning of dangerous fire conditions rarely seen in recent times. State BLM Director K. Lynn Benett has put field offices on high alert due to a thick blanket of dry grass, grown during one of southern Idaho's wettest springs in the last few years. Boise experienced the fourth-highest precipitation in May on record. Area wildlands have an estimated 3,000 pounds of grass per acre when in recent years the average has been closer to 700 pounds per acre.

"If normal summer precipitation patterns and high temperatures continue, wildfires are going to be hard to knock down, and we can expect to see increases in the number of wildfires that get large fast," Bennett said.

In other words, use your car ashtray and don't flick your cigs out the window.