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ODF Makes Fire Season Announcement

By Rob Scott

MEDFORD, Ore. — The Oregon Department of Forestry says fire season will begin on Wednesday. This year’s start to fire season is later than usual, but officials warn to not take it lightly. Crews have already responded to several grass fires, which is one of the factors they take into account when calling the start of the season.

ODF will be raising the fire danger level from low to moderate when fire season begins Wednesday, but officials with ODF expect a slow start because of Southern Oregon’s cool spring. The announcement of fire season beginning this week comes the same day as military veterans arrived in Medford to begin training to become firefighters for the Bureau of Land Management.

The start of fire season means that burn piles and backyard burns will be restricted as well as many other restrictions, listed on the ODF website. But with less than 48 hours until those limitations go into effect, officials say this is the time to make sure your home is protected.

ODF fire crews say August and September could still have significant fire activity. They expect this fire season to wrap up in early October. This July will mark the ten-year anniversary of the Biscuit Fire, which burned half a million acres in the Siskiyou National Forest.