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Fire Season Coming Soon

Fire season will be arriving soon, and for now the projection for the Columbia River Gorge is for a normal season.  Kiel Nairns of The Dalles Unit of the Oregon Department of Forestry says the predictions are still coming together.  He noted winter precipitation started late, but it picked up to give Mt. Hood a good snowpack, and there has been some spring rain, and that will hopefully lead to a shorter fire season.  A number of factors are used to determine fire season expectations, including weather predictions, snowpack, overall precipitation, and drought indicators.  Washington Department of Natural Resources officials told reporters in Seattle on Tuesday they are expecting an increased potential for significant fires earlier in the season than last year.  Property owners in the urban-wildland interface are encouraged to prepare for fire season by taking steps to protect their homes.  Information is available at firewise.org.

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Columbia Gorge Weather

Special Statement

Issued:
12:16 PM PDT on September 01, 2015
Expires:
3:00 PM PDT on September 02, 2015
Partly Cloudy
Currently
60°
Partly Cloudy
Partly Cloudy
Wednesday 10%
High 72° / Low 51°
Partly Cloudy
Clear
Thursday 10%
High 73° / Low 50°
Clear
Partly Cloudy
Friday 0%
High 75° / Low 54°
Partly Cloudy