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Warm Weather Sparks Fire Concerns

By Yessenia Anderson

PHEONIX,Ore. — As temperatures increase and vegetation dries fire officials said fire risks are high. As those risks go up, so do the calls for firefighters.

Crews at Fire District 5 in Phoenix have been prepping for the increase for months. That work includes getting grass engines in service, fire shelter training and making sure their hose packs are ready.

Fire officials said they have already received numerous calls tied to grass fires. On Sunday afternoon, multiple agencies responded to a four acre grass fire near Ashland.

The cause of that fire has not been determined as of yet. Fire fighters said camp fires are also of concern because many are not built safely.

“If it’s wilderness camping it should be dug down to mineral soil not duff. The duff is the top surface and that should be cleared away before a fire is lit,” said Fire Captain Brian Bolstad.

Sunday is a burn day and officials remind residents to be cautious. For safety tips, visit: www.RVFPC.com