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Wildfires Continue to Blaze Near Washington-Oregon Border in Early October

45.8N 121.9W

October 2nd, 2012 Category: Fires

USA – October 1st, 2012

Although wildfire season in the western and northern USA usually comes to a close in October, through September lack of significant precipitation inputs have led to above normal availability of fuels for wildfires across most of the northern half of the U.S. as well as California.  Here, wildfires can be seen burning near the Washington-Oregon border (click here for previous images).

Normally during this time of year fuels conditions would decline fairly rapidly across the northern tier.  This season, however, is seeing a very slow decline in nearly all fire danger indices, with that decline coming mostly in response to longer and colder nights.  In order for any significant improvement in fuel conditions to take place a sustained input of moisture would need to occur.  However, this seems unlikely at least through the middle of October.

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