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The 2012 wildfire season has begun, evident by a string of blazes taking place in Arizona. Communities in other states across the U.S. may soon be going on high alert, too, as forecasters warn of the potential for significant and widespread fire events.[ | http://www.nfpa.org/publicJournalDetail.asp?categoryID=2549&itemID=56596&src=NFPAJournal#sidebar1]
A story in the latest edition of +NFPA Journal+ examines the season's predictions put forth by the National Interagency Fire Center, the nation's support center for wildland firefighting. A recent report by NIFC predicts "above normal" significant fire potential in certain areas of the Rocky Mountains, Southwest, Southern California, and Western Great Basin through July. Above normal conditions are also forecasted in portions of the South.
NFPA's Wildland Fire Operations Division is urging residents to safeguard their homes by adhering to principles of the ®Firewise<sup>®</sup> Communities Program. "The unusually dry weather means that wildfires pose a greater threat to individual properties and neighborhoods," Michele Steinberg, program manager of the Firewise Communities Program, tells +NFPA Journal. +"Residents can do their part and take simple steps today to lessen the risk of damage if a wildfire occurs."
-Fred Durso, Jr.</p>