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Fire season prediction is an art based on science, history

By Pat Caldwell

The Enterprise

VALE – Predicting a fire season is a delicate art grounded in science, history and a little bit of instinct, all of which can be swept away in a moment by the most powerful elusive factor - Mother Nature.

One chief intangible that haunts every fire season is the weather, including thunderstorms, said John Saltenberger a fire weather program manager at the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center in Portland. The center . . .

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