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Fire officials impose restrictions after increased fire danger

Lt. Tressa Miller with Lane Fire Authority said other than mowing grass that's been watered properly, all gas powered tools should not be used from the hours of 10am to 8pm.

Posted: Jul. 14, 2018 6:57 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- With fire danger set to high, an official with Lane Fire Authority wants to remind people there's restrictions for using tools such as lawnmowers and chainsaws.

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Lt. Tressa Miller with Lane Fire Authority said other than mowing grass that's been watered properly, all gas powered tools should not be used from the hours of 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

She said they're concerned about a lack of moisture.

"Fire spread is very high this time of year," Miller said. "We're well ahead on a lack of moisture this year. Things have dried out considerably early this year than even last year...and last year was a very rough year for fire season."

Miller said grinders, welders, tractors and trimmers are also other tools that can spark wildfires.

Even if you own your own field, Miller suggests not riding ATVs on dry grass. She recommends hitting legal roads for this.

She said Lane Fire Authority received a number of phone calls from people with concerns their neighbors are using these tools during restricted hours.

If you hear or see someone using gas powered tools during restricted hours, Miller asks you call the non-emergency dispatch number.

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