Oregon has mild wildfire season

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Oregon's fire season was the mildest since 2004

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In this Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014 photo provided by John Luerding, an air tanker drops fire retardant over a wild fire at the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest between Grants Pass and Cave Junction in Oregon. Two wildfires that started over the weekend were threatening scattered rural homes in western Oregon, where forests are critically dry […]

SALEM, Ore. (AP) – After two wildfire-filled seasons, Oregonians got a break this summer.

Oregon’s fire season was the mildest since 2004 and the least expensive since 2010, according to statistics from the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center.

The Statesman Journal reports that statewide, wildfires burned just 67,795 acres this year compared to 883,405 acres a year ago. Cost also plummeted, dropping to $58 million this year compared to a record-high $530 million in 2018.

One reason for the lack of wildfires was that Oregon’s forests never dried out to the level of the past two years, thanks to cooler temperatures and greater humidity, especially in the mountains.

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