By ROBERT S. MERRILL
The snow has really started to melt on the valley floor and even though a little of the white stuff remains, there is a looming potential for fire danger this summer and autumn unless significant moisture falls during the next eight weeks.
“We could be in for a bad fire season,” said Franklin County Fire Marshal Scott Martin.“We’ve had a lot of snow on the valley floor this winter. But the foothills and mountains surrounding Franklin County are another matter,” he said.
On March 8 the Bear River Basin automated snotel locations showed 76 percent of long-term averages for snow-water content and 83 percent of normal precipitation since the new water year started last October 1.
Martin said last summer was extremely dry in both the valley and the foothills. Firefighters battled blazes around Foster Reservoir and in other locations.
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