Press briefing on Arizona wildfire season outlook

PHOENIX - Experts at the National Interagency Fire Center predict a busy wildfire season in Arizona and some other Western states this year.

Gov. Jan Brewer is scheduled to attend a news conference Wednesday morning to talk about the wildfire season outlook in conjunction with Arizona Wildfire Prevention Week that runs through Friday.

Joining Brewer at the press briefing will be State Forester Scott Hunt and Bill VanBruggen, who's the U.S. Forest Service's Director of Fire and Aviation for the southwest region.

In Arizona desert areas, fire officials say the bone-dry conditions are more like those typically seen in May.

They say conditions in some places on the outskirts of the Phoenix area resemble the brush-choked area in western Yavapai County where 19 firefighters perished last year in the Yarnell Hill Fire.

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