PENDLETON — Spring rains are holding the wildfire season at bay for the time being while local fire agencies are gearing up for summer’s eventual high temperatures and lightning storms.

Joe Hessel, Northeast Oregon regional district forester for the Oregon Department of Forestry, said the outlook is for an “above average” fire season.

“We are in a good spot right now with a better than average snow pack up high and precipitation this May has helped, we were dry a month ago,” Hessel said.

The state will likely be declared around mid-June or so, Hessel said, with a lot of the activity starting mid-July through mid-September.

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