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Snow helps wrap up below-average wildfire season in US West

  • ** HOLD FOR OVERNIGHT MOVEMENT ** File - In this Aug. 26, 2016 file photo, firefighters just in from Pennsylvania get briefed a wildfire as it burns off the shore of Jackson Lake in Grand Teton National Park, Wyo. With measureable snowfall already in parts of the Rockies and Northwest, the 2016 wildfire season is pretty much over in much of the West. Snow fell this last week in Washington, Oregon, Montana and Wyoming. About a foot of snow fell in areas of western Wyoming in elevations as low as 7,000 feet. Snow on Monday covered Old Faithful in Yellowstone National Park, where wildfires were active this summer. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)

    ** HOLD FOR OVERNIGHT MOVEMENT ** File - In this Aug. 26, 2016 file photo, firefighters just in from Pennsylvania get briefed a wildfire as it burns off the shore of Jackson Lake in Grand Teton National Park, Wyo. With measureable snowfall already in parts of the Rockies and Northwest, the 2016 wildfire season is pretty much over in much of the West. Snow fell this last week in Washington, Oregon, Montana and Wyoming. About a foot of snow fell in areas of western Wyoming in elevations as low as 7,000 feet. Snow on Monday covered Old Faithful in Yellowstone National Park, where wildfires were active this summer. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • ** HOLD FOR OVERNIGHT MOVEMENT ** File - In this Oct. 6, 2016 file photo, Nat Sandner inspects his work on a fallen pine tree in the snow on Shadow Mountain near Kelly, Wyoming. With measureable snowfall already in parts of the Rockies and Northwest, the 2016 wildfire season is pretty much over in much of the West. Snow fell this last week in Washington, Oregon, Montana and Wyoming. About a foot of snow fell in areas of western Wyoming in elevations as low as 7,000 feet. Snow on Monday covered Old Faithful in Yellowstone National Park, where wildfires were active this summer. (Rugile Kaladyte /Jackson Hole News & Guide via AP)

    ** HOLD FOR OVERNIGHT MOVEMENT ** File - In this Oct. 6, 2016 file photo, Nat Sandner inspects his work on a fallen pine tree in the snow on Shadow Mountain near Kelly, Wyoming. With measureable snowfall already in parts of the Rockies and Northwest, the 2016 wildfire season is pretty much over in much of the West. Snow fell this last week in Washington, Oregon, Montana and Wyoming. About a foot of snow fell in areas of western Wyoming in elevations as low as 7,000 feet. Snow on Monday covered Old Faithful in Yellowstone National Park, where wildfires were active this summer. (Rugile Kaladyte /Jackson Hole News & Guide via AP)  (The Associated Press)

With measureable snowfall already dusting parts of the Rocky Mountains and Northwest, the 2016 wildfire season has wrapped up in much of the West.

Jessica Gardetto of the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho, says wildfires are still active only in the Southwest, especially Southern California. She says the West saw a below-average fire season overall, with about 7,500 square miles burned.

Gardetto says wet fall weather has tamped down the blazes.

Snow fell this week in several western states. It covered Old Faithful on Monday in Yellowstone National Park, where wildfires burned this summer. And about a foot of snow fell in western Wyoming at elevations as low as 7,000 feet.

Gardetto says fire officials at the center will soon start looking ahead to next year.