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Northeast Oregon Fire season has been ‘Fairly average’
Blazes destroyed dozens of homes in Washington and California.
In Oregon, fires menaced neighborhoods near Bend, The Dalles and Ashland.
Meanwhile in Northeastern Oregon, with the exception of an August fire that threatened residents in Imnaha in eastern Wallowa County, the fire season has been comparatively tranquil.
“I would say it has been fairly average,” said Bret Ruby, fire staff officer for the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest. “There was a lot of activity over a fairly short period, and then the rains came.”
Ruby’s colleague at the Oregon Department of Forestry’s Baker City office, Steve Meyer, agrees with that assessment.
“We were just fortunate this year, so far, that most of the lightning has come with moisture,” said Meyer, protection supervisor for ODF’s Baker District.
Statistics bolster Ruby’s and Meyer’s anecdotal
Through Tuesday there have been 98 fires on the Wallowa-Whitman this year, 91 of those ignited by
The yearly average for the Wallowa-Whitman, dating to 1971, is 139 total fires. Over the past decade, the annual average is 105 fires.
For the complete story, see Wednesday's edition of The Observer.