Homes in Wooded Areas Take Precaution

MEDFORD, Ore. — As high temperatures and dry weather continue in the area, Oregon fire officials along with the Oregon Department of Forestry want those who live in heavily wooded areas to take precaution.

Officials are urging residents to reduce or remove flammable fuels that are within a 100-foot safety zone around their house. “Looking inside of your gutters where there may be needles and leaves that have fallen in there are dry now…you got a nearby fire that’s throwing hot embers at your house, they’re going to land in the gutters,” said Brian Ballou with the Oregon Department of Forestry.

Last week’s Nugget Fire in Gold Hill nearly spread to a home in the area and officials say it’s a good reminder of just how close a fire can come.