DISASTERS

Wet spring reduces wildfire risk in most of US for June, but danger expected to rise in summer

  • FILE - In this June 13, 2013 file photo, a volunteer firefighter helps contain a spot fire in an evacuated area of forest, ranches and residences, in the Black Forest wildfire area, north of Colorado Springs, Colo. The leaders of the Interior and Agriculture departments discussed the nationwide outlook for the 2015 wildfire season in a conference call from Denver on Tuesday, June 8, 2015. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack reviewed the risk of catastrophic wildfires, especially in the West. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, file)

    FILE - In this June 13, 2013 file photo, a volunteer firefighter helps contain a spot fire in an evacuated area of forest, ranches and residences, in the Black Forest wildfire area, north of Colorado Springs, Colo. The leaders of the Interior and Agriculture departments discussed the nationwide outlook for the 2015 wildfire season in a conference call from Denver on Tuesday, June 8, 2015. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack reviewed the risk of catastrophic wildfires, especially in the West. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, file)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this June 12, 2013 file photo, Colorado Springs resident Yolette Baca takes a photo of the wildfire in the Black Forest area north of Colorado Springs, Colo.The leaders of the Interior and Agriculture departments discussed the nationwide outlook for the 2015 wildfire season in a conference call from Denver on Tuesday, June 8, 2015. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack reviewed the risk of catastrophic wildfires, especially in the West. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, file)

    FILE - In this June 12, 2013 file photo, Colorado Springs resident Yolette Baca takes a photo of the wildfire in the Black Forest area north of Colorado Springs, Colo.The leaders of the Interior and Agriculture departments discussed the nationwide outlook for the 2015 wildfire season in a conference call from Denver on Tuesday, June 8, 2015. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack reviewed the risk of catastrophic wildfires, especially in the West. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, file)  (The Associated Press)

The National Interagency Fire Center says a wet spring reduced the likelihood of wildfires during June over much of the nation, but the risk is above normal in drought-stricken California.

Hawaii and parts of the Southwest and Alaska are also at above-normal risk.

As the summer progresses, fire danger is expected to increase in the Northwest, Georgia and the Carolinas.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Interior Secretary Sally Jewell will discuss wildfire threats and the nationwide outlook for the wildfire season Tuesday in Denver.

They'll also discuss a proposal by Obama to change the way wildfire-fighting is funded to ease the strain on the U.S. Forest Service budget.

Vilsack and Jewell are warning that catastrophic wildfires pose a worsening danger, especially in the West.