AccuWeather: Fire season in West could be bad again

A hazy and fiery shadow cast by wildfires over wineries in Northern California last year.

If April showers bring May flowers, then what does an expansive springtime drought mean for wildfire season? According to AccuWeather meteorologists, an ominous outlook.

The significant lack of precipitation in recent months — the AccuWeather article is dated May 5 — has set the stage for a dangerous season ahead, with more than 75% of the western United States experiencing drought conditions, 21% of which is under exceptional drought, which is the most extreme level, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.