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Slightly Higher Wildfire Season Expected

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The National Interagency Fire Center’s annual wildfire forecast is a mixed bag for the western United States.

The experts predict the hardest hit states likely will include Texas and southern Colorado, both suffering through their worst drought conditions in a decade.

Nevada, Utah and Wyoming are projected for normal or slightly above-normal potential for significant fires.

The report — compiled by wildfire managers and weather and climate specialists — forecasts a normal wildfire season for California. It anticipates a low-risk, late-starting wildfire season for states in the Pacific Northwest, northern Rocky Mountains and the Dakotas.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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