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Mowing Concerns During Fire Season

lawn mowingASHLAND, Ore. — This is the time of year when fire crews want homeowners to be especially vigilant about mowing the yard.

As temperatures continue to rise in Southern Oregon, Ashland Fire and Rescue want to remind everyone to do their part in preventing fires from spreading. Weeds and grass tend to burn faster making it harder for rescue crews to contain the fires.

“It’s just a really good idea for people to mow their grass shortly like we see in this field because what it really does is it’ll retard the progression of a fire,” said Margueritte Hickman with Ashland Fire and Rescue. “It helps too, if you do have a fire that starts in the middle of a field like this, it’s not going to travel as fast as it would if you have taller grass.”

Residents in Ashland must cut their weeds and grass to no more than 4 inches by June 15th. Failure to do so will result in fines. Contact your local fire department for rules and regulations in your community.