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Wildfire Risk To Increase Over Next Few Weeks Across Region

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Six wildfires are currently burning away in Oregon.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, fire officials want people to be extra careful given some changing factors.

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Just one of the fires was caused by people, the rest were started by lightning.  Chuck Turley of the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center says storm activity is abating, but now there’s a shift…

“…to a warming and drying trend for the next week or so," he tells KLCC.  

A fire incident map for Oregon, captured July 28, 2017.
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A fire incident map for Oregon, captured July 28, 2017.

"Temperatures are being predicted early in the week to be in the 90s up and down the I-5 corridor, and triple digits in eastern Oregon and eastern Washington.” 

…which drives up the fire danger potential.

Turley says they’ve an advanced management team on the whitewater fire east of Detroit, which is difficult to access.  He warns travelers to the Mount Jefferson area to check road and trail closures.  Another team is off to the Blanket Creek Fire, outside of Prospect:

“That fire is burring in fire scars from the old Silver Fire and the Biscuit Fire, which by coincidence, occurred about 15 years ago and 30 years ago," he says.  

"The fact that it’s in those old burn scars means there’s very heavy, dead and downed fuel.” 

Officials urge people to be cautious with fires, since most are caused by carelessness or negligence….especially with the August 21 st eclipse hitting right at peak wildfire season.  

Copyright 2017, KLCC. 

Copyright 2017 KLCC

Brian Bull joined the KLCC News Team in June 2016. He is a 20-year reporter who has worked at NPR, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including three Edward R. Murrow Awards and the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award in 2012.