Cooler summer doesn’t mean lower fire risk

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A lot of major forest fires start in August or September

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — If you think cooler, wetter weather this summer means a better forest fire season — experts say you’re wrong.

Predictions call for an active fire summer and the light rain the region has seen doesn’t help.

Fire season just started and even though the area is still pretty green, that could mean trouble in a few weeks. All the growth will become more fuel for a forest fire one conditions dry out further into summer.

A lot of major forest fires start in August or September, like the Eagle Creek Fire, which started Sept. 2, 2017.

There are new burn bans for public land in northwest Oregon, depending on the fire danger level.

Oregon fire restrictions and closures

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