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Movement is slow to improve Oregon’s response to wildfires

A field burns through a ranch during the 2015 fire season (Courtesy Oregon Department of Forestry)

SALEM -- Saturday marked the official start of Oregon’s wildfire season, but without new resources the state is only incrementally more prepared to combat fire this summer than in past years. 

Over consecutive summers, fire ripped through iconic landscapes, endangered communities and choked towns with blankets of smoke. The state has already seen more than 1,000 acres burn this year. 

In a winter where priorities abound, wildfire preparedness has not . . .