PORTLAND – The Northwest Interagency Coordination Center believes that Oregon will become warmer sooner. Predictive Services Fire Weather Program Manager John Saltenberger says while spring weather has brought us a generous amount of rain, the snow has melted quickly and that will leave trees with more time to dry.
Most of the wildfires that burn in the state are caused by lightning. There were 388,151 acres burned last year in the Northwest because of that, and 115,842 acres by humans.
Saltenberger reminds all of us to pay attention to fire restrictions in and around recreation areas. The first string of fire crews are ready to go. Hot shots and airborne equipment will come into play in mid June.