After weeks of leading the news, rain showers and thunderstorms of the last two weeks have quickly damped fire season. The Large Fire map from the Northwest Coordination Center currently shows only four active large wildfires across Oregon and Washington. All four fires are more than 60 percent contained, with expected full containment by the end of September.
The Government Flat Complex fire, burning 10 miles southwest of The Dalles, is expected to be fully contained Sept. 10th. The lightning-caused fire has burned nearly 18 square miles. To learn more about the other wildfires, go to the Northwest Inter-agency website: www.nwccweb.us/information/firemap.aspx
Keep in mind, fire season is far from over. The Northwest could see more lightning storms this month and into October. California's Rim Fire, burning in Yosemite National Park, is currently 80 percent contained. The blaze has burned more than 253,000 acres.
Meteorologist Rod Hill, follow me @ www.facebook.com/kgwrodhill