Arizona may experience an intense summer fire season because of precipitation and cold this winter, a National Weather Service official says.
J.J. Brost, science and operations officer at the weather service in Tucson, says the first two months of 2013 were colder than normal, and due to recent precipitation, the fire season may be intense this summer.
"With the spring we have drier, warmer and windier conditions and then the unfortunate side effect of all of the winter moisture has been vegetation," Brost says. "That's good for right now, but when we dry out the vegetation dries, it dies and then it can potentially be fuel for fires."
"We're very concerned about the potential for fires every season, but in this season in particular."