2019 Oregon wildfire season shortest this century

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2019 wildfire season was only 99 days

The Milepost 97 Fire has grown to 6,000 acres as of Friday, July 26, 2019 (Douglas Forest Protective Association)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The fire season of 2019 was the shortest fire season this century, the Oregon Department of Forestry said.

The ODF tracks fires on all their protected lands and said this season’s 99 days was 3 weeks shorter than the average fire season.

Firefighters cool a smoldering stump on the Milepost 97 Fire in southern Douglas County. (Courtesy: Oregon Dept. of Forestry)

Just because it was short doesn’t mean it wasn’t active. The ODF said there were 923 wildfires on their protected lands this season, which is about average. But the total acreage burned — 16,867 acres — is 56% below average.

The official end of the wildfire season lifts the restrictions on protected lands. But many Oregon fire departments still require a permit to burn debris, officials said.

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