Last Preparations Before Fire Season

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CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — Although Southern Oregon fire crews have not had to deal with major fires yet, they are responding to more and more small grass fires already.

Fire officials say in the last week, they’ve seen an upturn in calls, and though most of the grass in the area is still green, there is just enough dry grass to cause problems.

Officials are watching conditions in the area as we move closer to fire season, officials are responding to more calls. As they continue their preparations with crews and supplies, officials recommend that people conduct their last minute preparations carefully.
While they say controlled burns are still legal and necessary prep for the summer, fire officials also say it is important to keep a close eye on them.

“Make sure that it’s a legal burn day [and] check the weather. If it’s calling for a breezy afternoon, that’s something to pay attention to, because wind is probably the number one reason you’ll lose your fire,” said Oregon Department of Forestry Fire Prevention Specialist Brian Ballou.

Fire officials say that fire season will most likely be declared within the next few weeks.