MEDFORD, Ore. -- Medford Fire-Rescue is getting Prescott Park and Roxy Ann Peak ready for Fire Season. Weather willing, firefighters will be continuing brush pile burning operations/controlled burns over the next few weeks.
"Crews have been up here all fall and winter, cutting brush and putting them into piles and so now we're coming in before fire season and burning all that excess fuel up," said Medford Fire-Rescue Deputy Chief Justin Bates.
This is a continuing effort to reduce flammable fuels within the park in order to reduce the chances of a catastrophic wildfire in Prescott Park.
"It's ahead of fire season so we wouldn't be able to do anything like this when it dries out. We've had the rain and sun, rain and sun so now is a great opportunity for us to get up here. It's just dry enough that the piles will burn for us but still wet enough it won't spread and get out of control," Bates added.
Due to the location of the burning operations high on Roxy Ann Peak, smoke and some fire may be visible from many parts of the Valley floor. The park will remain open for recreation, and impacts to the public from smoke should be minimal. Users of the park should stay alert to fire department crews and equipment working in the area.