BEND, OR -- Local firefighting officials say dry conditions are a couple months ahead of what's normal for this time of year -- and that concerns them.
John Allen with the Deschutes National Forest told Senator Wyden during their briefing this weekend, they're prepared for a challenging season. "Because of the low snow pack in the Cascades, obviously its a tough situation. But because off the low snow pack and the fuels drying out faster, what we will see is a longer fire season especially at the higher elevations. The season it'll go into October." Allen says usually the wildfire season is over by mid September, but he expects area agencies will be fighting wildfires into October.
So far this summer, firefighters in the region have battled more than 200 wildfires, more than half of them were human caused. Luckily 93% have been kept to less than 10 acres.