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“Longer, hotter Northwest fire seasons are ‘new normal'”

“Dozens of wildfires, including the largest in Washington state history, are still burning in Oregon and Washington. The Carlton Complex fire has already destroyed more than 300 homes and 400 square miles of land.

The Buzzard Complex wildfire, in eastern Oregon, is the largest in the country.

Top fire and forestry officials say that these mega fires are a prime example of what has quickly become the new normal.

‘Folks are telling me we can’t use historic fire behavior anymore to predict future fire behaviors, everything’s changed,’ said Jerry Perez the Director of the Bureau of Land Management for Oregon and Washington.

Perez is one of many wildfire agency leaders who briefed Senator Ron Wyden on what’s quickly becoming a historically bad fire season.

Data at the briefing showed wildfires are burning hotter and fire seasons are now 70 days longer than they were just 15 years ago,” quoting Wayne Havrelly, KGW, Portland on KING 5 in Seattle.
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Posted by Steve on July 29, 2014 at 6:23 am | Permalink

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