Officials at the Boise-based National Interagency Fire Center say the biggest concern in August comes for Northern Rockies states like Idaho, Montana and Wyoming, as well as Great Basin states like Utah, Nevada and Oregon.
Analysts say hot and dry conditions will persist through August, but the forecast also calls for higher chances of thunderstorms.
The conditions are already ripe for higher-elevation timber fires to ignite in Idaho, Montana and Wyoming – especially as higher elevation fuels dry out. Officials say most western wildfires so far have been in lower-elevation areas. (AP)