Nevada should enjoy below-normal wildfire threats |

Nevada should enjoy below-normal wildfire threats

RENO (AP) – The snowiest winter in four years should help ease wildfire threats this summer across much of Nevada and the Sierra, federal experts say.

While parts of the Pacific Northwest are at significant risk of wildfire, the situation looks more favorable in western Nevada and most of the Sierra mountain range, according to the National Interagency Fire Center’s annual report.

“Significant fire potential is expected to be below normal in most of Nevada,” the agency said.

That’s largely because the mountains west of Reno remain coated in white, thanks to the first winter since 2005-06 to deposit a snow pack at average or above-average levels, said Rick Ochoa, a meteorologist at the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho.

Most of northeast Nevada and the Great Basin report a similar situation, as does the Sierra south of Lake Tahoe.

“We’re going to be in a lot better shape than we have been there in a while,” said Mark Struble, spokesman for the U.S. Bureau of Land Management in Carson City. “Those big trees can soak up all that moisture.”