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Mild winter creates prime conditions for active fire season

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The scene of a more than 30-acre grass fire in Athol. The scene of a more than 30-acre grass fire in Athol.
ATHOL, Idaho -

"All hell was breaking loose." This is how Athol resident Lawrence Broee described the scene he came home to on Friday afternoon. "There was smoke and fire and flames."

Broee says before he left to go to the store, he noticed a significant amount of smoke coming from down the road and only thought it looked a little strange. When he returned home an hour later, the field behind his house was filled with multiple fire department agencies working to snuff out a fast-moving grass fire. A scene he never thought he'd see at the beginning of March.

"I was expecting to have three feet of snow and fifteen degree weather - not that," says Broee.

The fire started when a neighbor was killing weeds. It quickly spread, burning more than 30 acres and threatening a number of trees. Friday's conditions were prime for the middle of fire season, not March, and that is why local departments are keeping an eye on the forecast.

"In the short term we're suppose to be getting a little moisture but even that changes day to day," says Jim Lyon with the Northern Lakes Fire District who is hopeful for a wet spring. He says this mild winter has only created prime conditions for a very active fire season.

"The fuels this year have gone through a freeze cycle," says Lyon. "That pulls the moisture out even more and it makes last year's fuels even dryer and more prone to fire spread."

Broee says he anticipates this year's fire season to be terrible, and so far Lyon has no room to argue. Within the last two weeks his department has responded to eight grass fires.

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