COOS BAY, Ore. — The state of Oregon is witnessing one of the worst wildfire seasons in history according to the Coos Forest Protective Association.
So far there have been 718 fires burning more than 80,000 acres. Officials say this is due to an extremely hot and dry season. The National Interagency Fire Center is predicting above normal fire behavior for at least the next month.
As of Tuesday, Jackson County is at preparedness level 5. This is the first time it has been this high in five years.
“That means 80% of our top crews, like our hot shot crews and our attack crews, are deployed,” Public Affairs Officer with the Bureau of Land Management, Jim Whittington, said. “We have a large number of incident management teams working large fires around the country and we have large fires in many geographic areas like the Northwest, Northern Rockies, Great Basin, Northern California, Southern California, and so all that is putting stress on the system.”
With hunting season beginning on August 24th, fire officials want to remind everyone that all forestlands have restrictions at this time and much of the private land is closed, even to walk in.