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Lessons from Early Wildfires


Central Oregon fire bosses hope the devastating wildfires in New Mexico and Colorado will serve as a wake up call here.  Katie Lighthall with a prevention program called Project Wildfire says it could happen here, and draws a comparison to the landscape in Colorado and in Central Oregon.  "Its similar because coming off the mountains we've got pine trees, lodge pole, beetle kill, similar in that we have forests, that are a dry mixed conifer (on the west side) and so its also overstocked because there hasn't been a fire there in 100 years.  And so it hasn't been cleaned out so we are due for a fire here that could get big and ugly really fast."  The fast moving fire in Colorado has burned more than 100 structures, affected hundred's of families and is even responsible for one death.  A 72 year old woman died when her cabin burned down.  Emergency officials say they called her but don't know if she got the message.


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