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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

06/13/2016 Wildland Fire Minute

Welcome to the June 13, 2016, Wildland Fire Minute! This is YOUR regular update on the latest wildfire conditions in the Pacific Northwest. 

Record high temperatures followed by lightning in early June sent fire danger soaring in parts of the Oregon and Washington. Lightning started several fires across the Pacific Northwest, including the 22,000-acre Owyhee Canyon Fire near Rome, Oregon that impacted sage grouse habitat, and the 2100-acre Akawana Fire northeastof Sisters that forced some evacuations and road closures.

In all, we’ve seen 80 lightning fires that have burned nearly 24,000 acres. But compare that to 399 human-caused fires for nearly 4,800 acres.

As we head out to enjoy the Great Outdoors, we all need to do our part to prevent unwanted fires. Ensure your campfires are cold to the touch before leaving them. Be sure to avoid parking or driving in tall grass.

To learn more about the latest wildland fire conditions in the Pacific Northwest head on over to: http://gacc.nifc.gov/nwcc/

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