BOISE -- Most of us in Idaho remember the extreme wildfire season of 2013.

Hundreds were evacuated, dozens of buildings were destroyed, and more than 700,000 acres were lost.

So far, it's been much different for local fire crews in 2014.

As fire season begins to wind down in September, we're comparing both years.

In early August of 2013, massive fires started and spread quickly.

The Elk Complex destroyed nearly 40 homes, the Pony Complex forced the town of Prairie to evacuate, and the Beaver Creek fire near Hailey became the number one priority in the country.

In all, nearly 380,000 acres burned between those three wildfires, which is more than double the total acres burned in Idaho so far this year.

The National Interagency Fire Center says it's been a welcome break so far this season.

"It has been nice for all resources, firefighters, aerial resources, to have a normal, average fire season being extreme like the conditions we saw last year," said Jennifer Smith with NIFC.

In fact, up until August 20, nearly 1,457 wildfires have started in Idaho, burning 166,991 acres, according to NIFC.

In comparison, in all of 2013, 1,471 fires burned 722,204 acres total.

"In this area, we did see a lot of fire activity especially around Sun Valley - the middle section of Idaho, this year we just haven't seen it, haven't had the ignitions, it's just the conditions are right," said Smith.

Coleen Decker, who also works for NIFC, says weather has played a big role.

"All the precipitation has really mitigated fire season in August for Idaho," said Decker.

She says cooler temperatures and more humid conditions are in the forecast for the next few weeks as well.

"That contrast of drying conditions going into it last year compared to this year when we are relatively moist, and then carrying that through the fire season, we've got quite a bit of rainfall in the months of July and August and last year we didn't have that, we were hot and dry," said Decker.

The Boise BLM office says they've seen less fires as well.

"To this point in the fire season we're about 20 fires less than last year with about 83,000 acres less," said Josh Renz with Boise BLM.

Renz says they have sent crews to neighboring states like Washington, Oregon and California to help out.

But, he says the season isn't over yet, and crews are ready.

"We're always prepared for the typical fire load, of course we're on the downhill slide, but our folks wont get complacent, we'll keep folks on until the end of September," said Renz.

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