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Northwest Fire Season Hits Its Stride


Cecil Lowe

Over the weekend, a drive down I-97 was a smokey trip. Throughout central Oregon, small fires burned and fire crews were finally getting a wrap on two big blazes in the region. Up in Washington, the Mile Marker 28 fire near Goldendale has shut down the north-south highway for a week.

The newest set of fires is in southwest Oregon, near Wolf Creek, north of Grants Pass. A lightning storm rolled through late last week and hundreds of strikes set off about 100 fires, another sign of the area’s drought. In at least two areas, fires have developed into large fire complexes.

Do you live near one of the fires burning in the region? What do you do to protect your home?

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