Tuesday, August 19, 2014

How Long Will Fire Season Last?

The question has been coming up a lot lately: When will fire season end?

According to reports from the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC), the outlook for the Pacific Northwest is for warmer and drier than normal weather through November. Fire season in ODF's Southwest Oregon District is usually over by mid-October -- but, on occasion, it has extended into November. The last time it occurred was 2006 when fire season ended Nov. 2. The longest fire season has extended into fall, according to records kept since 1967, was 1987 when it ended Nov. 12.

Will this year set a new record? We'll have to wait and see, but the long-range forecasts are predicting the end will come later rather than sooner.

See ODF's Southwest District fire season start/end date history.