Forecasters optimistic for wildfire season

Forecasters optimistic for wildfire season

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by Rod Hill, KGW Meteorologist

kgw.com

Posted on May 17, 2010 at 2:04 PM

Updated Monday, May 17 at 5:20 PM

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Those cool, wet days the end of April and early May have led fire forecasters to be optimistic about widlfire danger this summer. 

Forecasters with the National Weather Service say there is a strong correlation between the length of a fire season and the intensity.  This years spring weather will likely lead to a late start, meaning a short fire season. 

The official outlook calls for a normal season, but there is reason to be optimistic that forest fires will not make the headlines very often this summer.

Lightning strikes are always the wild card when it comes to forest fire starts. 

 

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