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1988 was longest fire season in southwest Oregon

Was curious about the start and end dates of the past five fire seasons or so. For comparison’s sake. Thought it’d be interesting.

— Looking Back

The folks at the Oregon Department of Forestry Southwest District office in Medford were exceedingly helpful in getting us this information, specifically Matt Fumasi, an ODF wildland fire supervisor.

We’ll start five years ago and work our way forward.

The 2013 fire season lasted from June 3 to Sept. 23, or 113 days.

In 2014, it lasted from June 2 to Oct. 15 — 136 days.

In 2015, it ran from June 5 to Oct. 28 — 145 days.

June 3 to Oct. 12 comprised the 132-day fire season in 2016, and 2017’s lasted from June 4 to Oct. 20, or 138 days.

Last year, the southwest Oregon fire season started June 1 and lasted until Oct. 29, making it the longest fire season of the past five years with 151 days.

1988 brought the longest fire season of all those recorded since 1967, lasting 199 days, from April 18 to Nov. 2.

The shortest was 2011, which ran 97 days, or July 1 to Oct. 5.

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