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Some Western Oregon fires rekindling after dry winter and spring


July 12, 2018

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Some of last summer's fires in western Oregon have shown light smoke or small hotspots recently after a dry spring and low snowpack this winter.

Hotspots are not uncommon in heavy fuels, like logs and organic duff, which can hold heat over winter and flare back up after a period of warm, dry weather. Most of the isolated hotspots are well within the interior of the burned area and pose no threat of the fire escaping containment.

Last month, a small hotspot flared up near Herman Creek on the Eagle Creek Fire. Hotspots are among the known post-fire hazards that have caused area and trail clo...

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