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Threat of wildfires in Malheur County grows as fuels dry, storms track in

By Les Zaitz

The Enterprise

Federal fire officials are predicting an above-normal risk for significant wildfires in southeast Oregon through August.

That forecast, issued last week, took on added urgency Monday as Malheur County braced for days of thunderstorms across dry rangelands ripe for lightning strikes.

The threat could be compounded by this weekend, when a weather front bringing strong winds may swing through the region. Winds can cause explosive growth of any range . . .

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