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.
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.