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Officials urge community to help prevent wildfires amid Labor Day Weekend

While temperatures have moderated throughout the Umpqua Valley, the fire danger remains "high" on all DFPA protected lands due to dry forest fuels.

Posted: Sep 4, 2021 10:19 AM

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. -- Leaders within the Douglas Forest Protective Association are on high alert for human-caused wildfires this Labor Day. They're urging the community to help prevent wildfires by taking the necessary steps.

While temperatures have moderated throughout the Umpqua Valley, the fire danger remains "high" on all DFPA protected lands due to dry forest fuels.

Crews want to remind people that campfires are only allowed within designated campgrounds.

Yard work can also spark a fire so backyard debris burning, including debris piles and burn barrels, are prohibited. Under DFPA’s Public Use Restrictions, the mowing of dead or dry grass and the use of chainsaws is currently allowed before 10:00 am or after 8:00 pm.

Throughout the years, fires have been ignited from wheel bearings going out, flat tires and dragging chains. Drivers often didn’t realize there was a problem until multiple fires were started over a distance of a mile or more. Before heading to the lake, check the tire pressure, and be sure the trailer is connected properly with nothing that can drag.

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