Preparing for Wildfire Season

EUGENE, Ore. – Wildfires are already popping up in western Oregon, and fire crews are reminding Oregonians to take the necessary precautions when burning outside.

Last week, the Honeygrove Hobbit Fire on the West Oregon District burned 25 acres, 10 acres were burned in the woods west of Rogue River, 6 acres burned east of Prospect and several smaller fires broke out in Jackson and Josephine counties.

No homes were threatened by any of the fires, but the blazes illustrated how easily wildfires can start with warm and dry weather.

Oregonians are reminded to drown campfires with water, stir with a shovel and then drown it over and over until the fire is dead out. Abandoned campfires were the number one cause of wildfires during Oregon’s 2012 fire season.

Those who wish to burn debris should call their local fire district to determine whether or not burning is allowed. Fire officials urge residents to either chip their debris or haul it to a landfill. Gas powered equipment should be used early in the morning before the sun dries the grass.

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