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Dry, Hot Conditions Fuel Fire Danger

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CORVALLIS, Ore. — Dry conditions, high temperatures and increasing winds are fueling fire danger throughout Corvallis. It’s been keeping firefighters at the Corvallis Fire Department busy. Battalion Chief Charles Carver says the department has been getting more calls recently. In the past two weeks, firefighters put out six fires.

“Most of our fires have been from discarded smoking materials. We’ve gotten a few backyard burns that have gotten out of control because of the wind,” said Carver.

The fire department says this has been one of the driest and warmest years. It’s causing fuels such as grass, trees and shrubs to dry out, making them more susceptible to fires. That’s what happened yesterday on 26th and Harrison streets. The dry shrubs caught fire from a discarded cigarette butt, burning the wooden fence near townhomes. No one was hurt, but firefighters say it serves as a reminder to be extra cautious.

“Discard smoking materials in an appropriate manner. As far as backyard burning, we encourage people to have a hose available. Also, small fires no bigger than five feet in diameter and three feet in height, and check burning regulations to make sure it’s a burning day. Just use common sense,” said Carver.

Outdoor cooking can also lead to fires. Firefighters advise keeping a fire extinguisher nearby.

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