Crews prepare for fire season

"They're expecting above normal large fire potential," said Edward Hiatt, an Interagency Fire Staff Officer.

Posted: May. 24, 2018 6:39 PM
Updated: May. 27, 2018 1:39 PM

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- Crews are predicting an above-average fire season this year, saying the potential for fire danger will increase mid-summer.

Edward Hiatt, an Interagency Fire Staff Officer, said the fire potential is about average in May and June, but said that will change. For Oregon, he said July has an above-average significant fire potential. 

He said the snow pack is below normal for the cascades and the weather is drier and warmer than average, so they've already started preparing.

"Our start for wildfire season in this area is about July 1st. Our folks are being hired now, starting critical training, getting prepared, they're practicing, getting their gear ready, so over the next few weeks, they will be ready when the fires start," Hiatt said.

He also said right now, crews are working to prevent wildfires by clearing areas that have a lot of quick-burning vegetation. 

Ahead of Memorial Day weekend, he's asking campers to help prevent wildfires by making sure their campfires are extinguished.

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