The monthly fire season outlook for the nation, issued at the first of every month by the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, says southwest Oregon will have “above normal fire potential” through September.
August temperatures in the Pacific Northwest were 3-6 degrees above normal and rainfall was less than normal. “Severe or worse drought conditions continued across much of the West,” and southwest Oregon had rainfall “well below normal.”
Southwest Oregon is expected to remain “at an elevated risk” for above normal wildfire activity at least through early September. “By October, all areas (in the Northwest) will be at normal significant fire potential.”
Warmer and drier than normal weather is expected to continue through November.