2021's Wildfire Forecast Shows Steadily Rising Risk Level From May Into August
The wildfire outlook for central Oregon and central Washington is generally low-risk for now. But the fire danger will steadily escalate in the months ahead.
2021 begins with many areas in dry or drought conditions, and forestry crews have been busy gathering slash or conducting prescribed burns ahead of summer.
Ed Hiatt is Fire Management Officer for the BLM Northwest Oregon District. He says using predictive data from interagency specialists, it appears the wildfire potential for the rest of May is low. However…
“Risk of large fire is expected to rise above typical in June, in central Oregon and central Washington. So basically areas to the east of the Cascades is gonna rise to above normal conditions or potential for a large fire.
"In August, there is an increase west of the Cascades but mainly in southwest Oregon.”
Potential hot spots include forests around Medford and Roseburg.
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