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Malheur County BLM crews gear up for fire season

Al Crouch, fire mitigation/education specialist for the Vale District of the BLM talks about the upcoming fire season during an interview recently. (The Enterprise/Pat Caldwell).

UPDATED WITH VIDEO: BLM crew training

VALE – Calculating the severity of a fire season is a guessing game.

Fire officials can measure water moisture in soils and grasses, review data from the past and cast a wary eye on the weather.

In the end, though, Mother Nature will determine how many fires will erupt across the local region and she plays her cards close to the vest.

 “Most of the fires that typically happen in the BLM’s jurisdiction are caused by lightning and its anyone’s . . .