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Southwest Oregon braces for nasty wildfire season

Thursday, May 28, 2015by  Jon Osterberg

Oregon is gearing up for an active wildfire season, in part because the long-range forecast calls for weather that’s drier and warmer than normal.
     “It’s not what we want, but it’s what we’ve got,” said one state official.
     Drought, low snowpack, and inevitable lightning storms compound the problem.
     And the state’s wildfire insurance costs have doubled. Yes, there is such a thing, provided by Lloyd’s of London.
   The southwest district of Oregon’s Department of Forestry hopes fires won’t come early as predicted, since most wildland firefighters aren’t set to go until mid-June. Read the Medford Mail Tribune article.

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