Late Start Likely

Drought-Busting Winter Should Delay Onset of Fire Season

Bob Narus needs to know when sagebrush is dehydrated. He’s not a plant doctor. Narus is a firefighter. His territory covers about 5.1 million acres, and since a great many of those acres are littered with sagebrush, which typically is quite combustible, Narus has more than a passing interest in precisely how parched the shrubs are.

Right now the sagebrush is actually pretty moist on the BLM’s Vale District, for which Narus serves as fire management officer.

Source: Late Start Likely;