New vegetation could add fuel to fire season

The Fire Prevention Coordinator with Lane Fire Authority said the large amount of rainfall Oregon experienced the last couple months has created a growth in vegetation which could become fuel for fires this summer when the weather is drier.

Posted: May. 10, 2018 6:25 PM
Updated: May. 10, 2018 7:57 PM

VENETA, Ore. -- As the weather warms up, fire crews are getting ready for the upcoming fire season.

Tressa Miller, the Fire Prevention Coordinator with Lane Fire Authority said the large amount of rainfall Oregon experienced the last couple months has created a growth in vegetation which could become fuel for fires this summer when the weather is drier.

She said the increased growth in vegetation could lead to a fire season similar to last year, when more than 400 square miles burned across the state. Miller said fire departments throughout Oregon are taking extra measures to stay prepared.


"We update our training every year, we're out testing our apparatus, we're out testing our hose this week, making sure everything’s good to go,” said Miller. “We refresh our training to make sure everybody’s ready to go for the wildland season because we know it's approaching."

Miller said preventing fires is not only on fire departments but on residents as well.

She wants residents to take preventive measures like clearing their yards, roofs and gutters of debris and making sure branches are at least 10 feet away from other trees.

Miller said the fire season can be unpredictable but said it typically starts in the beginning of July.

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