MEDFORD, Ore. — Despite recent showers, Oregon Department of Forestry experts declare fire season will begin on June 3, 2013 for Josephine and Jackson counties. On Monday, the fire danger level will move from low to moderate and open burns won’t be allowed.
ODF’s Brian Ballou said the agency is preparing for what could be a busy season. “We should be armed and ready to go out and hit any fires that do happen.”
ODF is bringing in seasonal staff. “It’s roughly a fire fighting force across both Jackson and Josephine counties with about 100 firefighters and 22 engines,” said Ballou. ODF will have helicopters and an air tanker on standby as well. In the meantime, Ballou wants local residents to prepare. “Grass is, of course, the number one problem for causing wildfires so any grass mowing or brush reduction that can be done we recommend that people do it immediately around the home at about 50 to 100 feet along the roadsides and property lines.”