Fire season update: What to expect in Oregon

Many parts of Oregon will have above-normal potential for wildfires during the dry months from July to September, according to the latest report issued by the National Interagency Fire Center.

Locations across California, Oregon and Washington have received 50 percent or less of their average rainfall in May. In fact, the Statesman Journal reported that Oregon had its fourth-driest and sixth-hottest May since 1892.

These signs all point to a hot and dry summer with potential for wildfires.

“If the weather stays hot and dry and we end up with lightning, it could be another severe fire season for Oregon,” Jessica Gardetto, spokeswoman for the National Interagency Fire Center, told the (Salem) Statesman Journal

Ahead of this summer’s fire season, researchers at Oregon State University want to map where fires may occur by finding out which trees generate the most embers and are vulnerable to “spot fires.” Their studies found that the Douglas-fir burns the quickest. OSU researchers are partnering with the U.S. Forest Service to provide these findings to help fire crews better understand where certain embers may fall.

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