Dreary weather helps fires, but season isn't over
Friday, September 16, 2011
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- A week of cool weather and a little bit of rain has given a significant boost to crews battling Oregon wildfires, but officials warn that a forecast for hot and dry weather next week means the fire season still isn't over.
Some aircraft are pulling out of the Dollar Lake fire that threatened Portland's water supplies, and an expert firefighting team has left a fire now smoldering on the Warm Springs reservation.
But Carol Connolly of the Northwest Interagency Coordinating Center says the forecasts don't call for a "season-ending event," such as heavy rain followed by temperatures too low for the fire fuels to dry out.
Connolly says there's a good chance of above-average temperatures and below-normal humidity next week.