CENTRAL POINT, Ore. – Wildfires can be caused by any flames, even the ones started on your stove or barbecue.
Cooking fires are the leading cause of home fires across the United States. Summer months are a peak time of the year for grill fires which can spread to a home if they are under an overhang or too close to deck railings. Fire engineer Tom Kerley with Fire District 3 in Central Point explained that with a severe fire season ahead, it’s important to prevent all risk of human-caused fires.
“We have homes that are surrounded by grass and wildland interface and so ignition sources like barbecues can easily become large events, on days when you have low humidity and low winds,” Kerley said.
Fire officials say to clean your grill now — before barbecue season is in full swing. Most grill fires are fueled by old grease that’s leftover from the year before. If you do have a grill fire, officials say you should use a fire extinguisher if you have one, but that you should always call 9-1-1.