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Oregon Wildfires Down Significantly In 2016

The Bybee Creek Fire is burning near Crater Lake.

The Bybee Creek Fire is burning near Crater Lake.

Courtesy South Central Oregon Incident Management Team

Despite dry conditions and summer temperatures on the warm side, Oregon enjoyed one of the least damaging forest fire seasons of the past decade.

Wildfires torched 186,317 acres in Oregon this year, the lowest total since 2010 and well below the 10-year average, according to data from the National Interagency Fire Center.

Forest fires are down nationwide as well, with 4.9 million acres burned, compared to last year’s record-setting 10 million acres blackened.

“We’ve seen significantly less fire activity than last year,” said Jessica Gardetto, spokeswoman for the interagency fire center.

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