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Local Fire Crews Prepare for Big Season

6-1 fire seasonASHLAND, Ore. – The fire season officially begins in Jackson and Josephine counties on Monday, and local fire departments are warning it could be a big one.

The Oregon department of forestry declared Monday, June second the start of the season. The fire danger level in the region will rise to moderate on Monday as well.

Ashland Fire and Rescue, which is in charge of fuel reduction work at the Ashland Forest Resiliency project, says extreme drought and high winds have prevented them from burning susceptible fuels.

As a result, they’re urging people to take extra caution.

“The ground and the grass is that much drier than last year, and it’s going to get worse,” said Battalion Chief Dana Sallee. “We have the possibility of having the worst fire season in Southern Oregon’s history.”

Debris burns will no longer be allowed starting Monday. Homeowners will have until June 15th to trim all grass and weeds on their property.