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Extreme weather causing more fires, other disasters

Two of the nation’s 10 biggest wildfires in 2012 occurred in Oregon, topped by the U.S.A.’s largest, the 557,600-acre Long Draw fire, according to a new report on climate change and weather-related disasters.

The report, In the Path of the Storm, was prepared by Environment America and released by its local affiliate, Environment Oregon.

The report tracks extreme weather-related disasters over the past six years around the country. It includes an interactive map of disasters believed traceable to extreme weather, including events in 18 Oregon counties.

“Given that global warming will likely fuel even more extreme weather, we need to cut dangerous carbon pollution now,” said Charlie Fisher, field organizer with Environment Oregon Research & Policy Center.

To see the report, map and list of disasters: environmentoregon.org.