Nov 17, 2015

Are complex fire seasons the ‘new norm’ in Oregon?

Oregon
USA
by
Chris Holmstrom
,
Koin6
An air tanker drops fire retardant over a wild fire at the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest between Grants Pass and Cave Junction in Oregon. Photo: John Luerding, AP
An air tanker drops fire retardant over a wild fire at the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest between Grants Pass and Cave Junction in Oregon. Photo: John Luerding, AP

Fire experts say it was unprecedented to have such large fire seasons back-to-back, but with a warming global climate and an increase in drought conditions, could it be the new norm?...In 2015 alone, more than 2,200 fires burned over 600,000 acres. The blazes destroyed more than 60 homes across the state. The largest fire, the Canyon Complex Fire in John Day, burned more than 100,000 acres and destroyed nearly 40 homes...Looking at fire statistics over the last 3 years, it’s obvious changes are happening. “There’s a new 10-year average, without a doubt,” [Oregon Department of Forestry Chief of Fire Protections Doug Grafe] said. “The trends go up and down in terms of fire season"