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2016 wildfire season expected to be less severe

DENVER (AP) — The nation's top wildfire-fighting official says the 2016 season isn't expected to be as bad as last year, when a record 15,800 square miles burned nationwide.

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Investigator: Small wildfire south of Bend human-caused

U.S. Forest Service crews were back on the lines Tuesday mopping up a 10-acre wildfire south of Bend, a couple of miles off China Hat Road.

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Year in review: Oregon's destructive wildfire season

The 2015 proved to be one of the most destructive wildfire years in state history. By the end of the fire season, 631,000 acres had burned in Oregon, costing $240 million to fight.

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One Oregon wildfire season measure: 838,000 gallons

So, just how severe was Oregon's wildfire season this summer? About 838,000 gallons' worth, according to Neal Laugle, the Department of Forestry's aviation unit manager.

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Return to Canyon Creek burn zone: Recovery -- and new threats

As the black scars turn white with snow, wounds were fresh again for dozens of families in Canyon City, realizing Christmas will be much different this year.

Wildfires stretch state system thin; solutions sought

Oregon has experienced a significant increase in wildfires over the past several years. Not only have these fires increased damages and costs to Oregon's forests, landowners, and local communities but they have stretched the state's "complete and coordinated fire protection system," officials said Monday.

Seeking ideas to address these challenges, the Oregon Department of Forestry  initiated a Fire Program Review Committee. This committee is made up of forest landowners, wildland fire professionals, elected officials, the Oregon State Fire Marshal's office and other stakeholders to advise ODF in its effort to develop and implement a more sustainable fire organization, including large fire funding solutions.

"This review is an effort to…

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BLM to begin winter prescribed burning across C.O.

With snow in Central Oregon, fuels specialists with the Bureau of Land Management Prineville District will be beginning their winter prescribed burning program on Monday.

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ODF: Coordination was key in battling 2015 wildfires

In 2015, a witches' brew of drought, hot weather and dry lightning spawned more than 2,000 wildfires across Oregon that consumed some 631,000 acres of forest and rangeland, state officials said Friday.

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Prescribed burn planned Thursday near Pringle Falls

On Thursday, fuels specialists plan to ignite a 127-acre prescribed burn in the Pringle Falls Experimental Forest, about 25 miles southwest of Bend.

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As NW wildfire season ends, investigators' work goes on

This summer, as thousands of firefighters dug lines to contain blazes across the Pacific Northwest, wildfire investigators did their own digging behind the scenes - searching for clues to how the fires started.  And their work is far from over.

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