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Fire Season Officially Over

MEDFORD, Ore. — The recent rain in Southern Oregon has lead the Oregon Department of Forestry to declare the end of fire season.

The largest fire in Southern Oregon this year was the Slate Creek Fire in Josephine County which burned 160 acres. Brian Ballou with ODF said the mild summer weather is what stands out most to him.

“Very little lightning through the whole summer and really was an inconsequential factor in the number of fires that were caused by lightning and the number of acres burned. Those were so few they almost don’t even show up,” said Brian Ballou.

The end of fire season means open burning season has now started. To see if you’re able to burn call the county burn line. The line for Jackson County is 541-776-7007.