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Wind, drought fuel western wildfires

by Jon Robinson (webmaster) |

Record drought continues to cover much of the central west. High winds are expected at the sight of two of the regions hotspots. reports:

One of the driest Junes on record, combined with strong wind, helped a wildfire in central Oregon grow to 16,000 acres in two days, officials said. reports:

The Aspen fire grew rapidly Monday and had scorched 20,850 acres as of midnight (3 a.m. Tuesday ET). The greatest concern Tuesday afternoon was that high winds could push the fire around protective lines.