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New Fires Spotted Near Mount Jefferson, While Others Grow


The Whitewater Fire burns in the Mount Jefferson Wilderness.

The Whitewater Fire burns in the Mount Jefferson Wilderness.

U.S. Forest Service

Four new wildfires were spotted in the Mount Jefferson Wilderness on Wednesday, making clear that a historically flammable season in Western Oregon isn’t finished yet.

The new fires are all located in the area already occupied by the Whitewater and Little Devil fires, which both grew during the past two days.   

The active fire made clear that although temperatures are cooling and moisture is expected during the weekend, fire danger remains high, officials said.

“This is the worst season we’ve had in Western Oregon, and we’re not over the hump yet,” Forest Supervisor Tracy Beck said. “Even if we get the expected rain on Sunday and Monday, that one storm probably isn’t going to do it by itself.”

Read more at the Statesman Journal.

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