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Massive southeastern Oregon wildfires: Did weather, cows or grazing policies fuel the flames?

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Massive southeastern Oregon wildfires: Did weather, cows or grazing policies fuel the flames?

On one thing ranchers, federal land managers and environmentalists can agree: The Long Draw fire that devoured an area more than six times the size of Portland in a week will take years to heal.

Oregon’s biggest wildfire in 150 years killed countless cattle, wild horses, bighorn sheep, antelope and coyotes. It destroyed important sage grouse habitat and may affect national plans to revive dwindling populations of the small, sagebrush-dependent high-desert bird. The blackened scar of the huge fire is visible in satellite pictures.

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