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Rain doesn't dampen summer fire danger

| May 26, 2021 1:00 AM

About an inch of rain has fallen in Coeur d'Alene since Saturday, and more is expected through Friday, which is good for greening of the lawns and giving life to spring flowers.

But it won't alleviate summer fire danger due to dry conditions and lack of spring rainfall.

"I would say the fire danger has been temporarily reduced, but it’s looking warmer and drier this weekend," wrote Press Meteorologist Randy Mann.

Jim Petersen of Dalton Gardens, author of books on forestry health, agree.

"Our problem has much more to do with dead and dying trees (fuel for fires) than spring rains," he wrote. "Idaho forests will dry quickly come July. Maybe sooner."

The forecast calls for sunny and warm Sunday and Monday, with highs in the 80s.

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