At a Glance
Portions of the Southern Plains and Southwest will see an above-average wildland fire danger much of spring.
Florida could see its potential for significant wildland fires increase by April or May.
Drier-than-average conditions are fueling wildfire concerns in parts of the nation’s southern tier as we head deeper into spring.
The Southern Plains, Southwest and Florida have a higher than usual chance for significant wildland fires over the next few months, according to an outlook from the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC).
In March and April, the outlook calls for an above average chance of significant wildland fire activity in parts of the Southwest and Southern Plains. Areas from the Southeast into the Ohio Valley and the central Appalachians have a lower than average potential for wildland fire.
Widespread drought, or the expected development of drought, in portions of the Southern Plains and Southwest is one ingredient fueling the potential for increased wildfire danger in those regions. This means vegetation will be tinder dry before the spring green-up begins.
Periods of stronger winds commonly found in those regions during spring only add to the heightened fire potential. The winds can quickly spread fires when they ignite.