March 24, 2015

A hurricane model for wildfires

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With the help of University of Oregon’s Ben DeJarnette, we’re investigating forestry issues in Oregon, including the problem of potentially catastrophic wildfire.

This month in SIDEBAR, an exclusive monthly dispatch from inside our newsroom just for InvestigateWest members, Robert McClure shares a story from his reporting.

Spring has just sprung, and yet this summer’s fire outlook already is ominous across the Northwest. Snowpack in Washington’s Olympic Mountains is at something like 7 percent of normal. In the drier climes of southwestern Oregon conditions are even more parched. This on the heels of the most destructive wildfire in Washington state history, the 2014 Carlton Complex Fire, which destroyed more than 300 homes.

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