Northwest Fire Season Not As Bad As Last Year, So Far

Aug 6, 2015

Northwest forests are extremely dry, but this fire season so far hasn't been as bad as last year. Spokesman for the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center, Tom Knappenberger, says there were 79 large fires at this point a year ago. This season, there have been 65 fires of at least 100 acres.

"Even more telling, last year at this date, we'd burned 758,000 acres in Oregon and Washington,” Knappenberger said. “This year, we're at 237,000 even though the conditions are a lot more volatile out there."

Knappenberger says there have been fewer lightning strikes, and recently, milder weather. But that could change.

Oregon's largest fire is the Stouts Creek fire in Douglas County. It's burned more than 18,000 acres. Washington has the Wolverine fire, which has scorched more than 25,000 acres near Lake Chelan

Responders are keeping a close eye on several other fires, including the Lime Hill fire in eastern Oregon and the Highway 8 fire on the Washington side of the Columbia River.

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