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Change In The Weather Helps Northwest Firefighters

OPB | Aug. 27, 2013 12:49 p.m. | Bend, Oregon

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The nation’s top fire managers have decreased the National Fire Preparedness Level — one week after raising it to its highest point, level 5.  

According to the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, decreased fire activity here in the Pacific Northwest played a role in that decision.

Massive storms that moved through Oregon and Washington this weekend brought some lightning, but also lower temperatures, higher humidity and rain. 

That helped crews make significant progress on large fires burning throughout the region.

Carol Connolly is a fire information officer with the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center.   She says the cooler weather is expected to stick around at least for another week.  But she points out it’s still August.

“So we’re not out of the woods.  But we are going to have a little bit of relief which, I think is good.  We can get work on the fires that we have on the board, get them contained, and hopefully give some of our fire crews a much needed break,” Connolly says.

Here in the Northwest, fire season usually wraps up by the last week in September according to Connolly.

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