Central Oregon highest risk for wildfires

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SALEM, Ore. (AP) — As summer approaches forecasters say Central Oregon has the highest fire risk of anywhere in the state. Oregon Public Broadcasting reports the latest fire season outlook, released this week by the National Interagency Fire Center, shows above-normal fire risk running down the middle of Oregon from the Columbia River to the California border for the month of May. Meteorologist John Saltenberger, with the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center in Portland, says while the risk of high-severity fire in the region is low, persistent drought in Central Oregon could lead to combustible conditions. The outlook shows above-normal fire risk spreading across the state as the season progresses.

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