OSU Researchers predict wildfires will continue to get worse

  • Source: KEZI-TV ABC 9 Eugene
  • Published: 09/23/2021 12:00 AM

Coming off a record wildfire season in Oregon, experts warn it will only get worse. Those fires that burned through the Cascades? Prepare for more in the future. And massive wildfires like the Bootleg Fire in Southern Oregon will become the norm. "Basically what we saw this summer is going to be a precursor for what we can expect in the future," said Oregon State University climatologist Larry O'Neill. Climate and fire experts with OSU hosted a forum to talk about what is to come. "Drier conditions. The drought conditions will become more intense and the climate warms because of the evaporation from the landscape," he said. O'Neill said this year's wildfire season is a precursor to what Oregon will see in the future as the climate warms. There will still be periods of wet and dry, but the dry periods will be much more intense. "As the climate warms the atmosphere basically increases its capacity to evaporate water not only from soil but other things as well," he explained.


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