- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 11, 2017

PHOENIX (AP) - The Latest on Arizona officials’ briefing on their annual predictions for the upcoming wildfire season (all times local):

1:00 p.m.

Arizona officials say they expect a lower-than-normal wildfire season in the state’s higher elevation areas but see potential for an above-average fire season in desert and grassland areas at lower elevations.

Gov. Doug Ducey was joined by forest and fire officials Tuesday to offer their annual outlook on the upcoming wildfire season.

Officials say the amount of precipitation, moisture, and snowfall this spring has left Arizona with an excess of fine fuels. Wet weather has reduced concerns about potential wildfires in the upper elevations of the state. But they anticipate an extremely busy fire season from the mid elevations down to the deserts and grasslands in southern Arizona.

State Forester Jeff Whitney said Arizona is seeing about the same number of fires as 2016 though this year’s fires are growing larger and faster.


3:00 a.m.

Arizona fire officials plan to lay out their concerns about the upcoming wildfire season at a briefing.

Gov. Doug Ducey is set to attend the yearly wildfire season preview at the state Capitol on Tuesday.

The Department of Forestry and Fire Management presentation will highlight risks the department believes are awaiting firefighters and the public as summertime approaches and temperatures heat up.

The Forestry Department also plans to present a new firetruck to the Clay Springs-Pinedale Fire Department at the event.

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