This photo provided by the Washington State Department of Transportation shows fire burning along State Route 14 near Roosevelt, Wash., Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015. (Mark Winn/Washington State Department of Transportation via AP)
By Heather Janssen – AccuWeather
Despite drought-alleviating El Niño-induced rainfall during winter, a near-average wildfire season is anticipated across the northwestern United States.
The 2015 wildfire season was record-breaking as serious drought and warm conditions kept a tight grip of the region. Over 10 million wildfire acres were burned last year, breaking the previous record of 9.87 million acres set in 2006.
Not only did the Northwest report above-average fire occurrences in 2015 based on an annual 10-year average, the region also experienced above-average acres burned, according to the National Interagency Coordination Center’s 2015 wildland fire summary and statistics annual report.
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