The National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) in Boise, Idaho, reported on Friday that there were more than two thousand new fire ignitions around the country this week. Of the 2,274 fire starts, 86 rapidly grew into large fires. By week’s end, all but 18 of the wildfires had been contained. The remaining 18 large fires are burning in 8 states. Windy conditions and low humidity are forecast to persist for several days. NIFC’s Significant Fire Potential Outlook released at the end of March suggests higher than average potential for large fire starts in late spring and early summer.
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