Oregon Firefighters Predict More Fires Than Last Summer
SALEM, Ore. -- Foresters in Oregon are predicting a slightly worse wildfire season this year than last year.
Their explaination is very similar to what was reported when the outlook for Eastern Washington's wildfire season was given last week: Firefighters are expecting a dry summer with below average rainfall for June through August.
One of the foresters' biggest concerns is dry lightning, which is one of the most common natural fire starters. However, the leading cause is still human activity. About two-thirds of Oregon wildfires each year are started by people. The top cause is letting 'waste burning' get out of control.