Wildland Fire Potential Outlook for July out now

MEDFORD, Ore. —The national predictive services staff at the National Interagency Coordination Center released the National Significant Wildland Fire Potential Outlook for July.

As forecasted in June, much of the northern Great Basin, including portions of southeast Oregon, is predicted to have above-normal fire potential from July through September.

The report says this elevated potential results from lingering drought effects on vegetation plus past fire history in similar conditions.

The report also notes  Oregon will enter the heart of fire season removed from drought designations. That is the first time that has happened since 2017. But it notes some areas of
abnormally dry designations do remain across central and northeast Oregon.

The report says east of the cascades there have been reports of higher-than-average grass fuel loading in central and
southeast Oregon. That means there is a greater risk of large fires in those areas.

You can view the full report here.

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Jenna King is the 6pm anchor and our Feature Reporter at 10pm and 11pm for NBC5 News. Jenna is a Burbank, CA native. She graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Sports Business. During her time at Oregon she was part of the student-run television station, Duck TV. She also grew her passion for sports through her internship with the PAC 12 Network. When Jenna is not in the newsroom you can find her rooting for her hometown Dodgers, exploring the outdoors or binging on the latest Netflix release.
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