EUGENE, Ore. -- As fire season approaches, officials are urging people to start preparing by taking preventative measures.
"We ask people to use, above and beyond, just your normal common sense," Lane Fire Authority Lieutenant Tressa Miller said. "We're coming up on several years of drought, dry weather, dry grasses, dry fuels, we definitely didn't get as much rain or snow pack this year."
Miller said fire officials anticipate the Oregon Department of Forestry will declare the beginning of fire season before June 15th.
Miller also said there's potential for this year's season to be similar to last years.
She's advising people take preventative steps now such as keeping their grass short, removing combustable plants from their yards clean their gutters.
"A lot of these fires are preventable and we're asking people to do anything and everything they can to help prevent fires," Miller said. "We don't want anybody to put themselves in harms way and please give us the space to do our job in the event there is a fire."