MEDFORD, Ore. -- This year's fire season is expected to officially start in June, according to the Oregon Department of Forestry. During the season, you could face a fine if your grass is too tall. The Medford Police Department said having a well-kept lawn can help keep your family safe and your wallet full this summer. Starting June 1st, Medford residents can face a fine if their lawns are taller than 10 inches.
"We've had a couple fires here a couple years. We had the fire up on the hill in the eastside and it's really for safety reasons," said MPD’s Record Specialist Suzi Gish.
If your lawn isn't cut down by June 1st, you'll get a warning saying you have 15 days to get it in order. Once those 15 days are up and the grass is still tall, the city will cut the grass for you but you'll face a $250 fine on top of however much it costs to get it under 10 inches. MPD said this is to keep the city protected against fire.
"So many people walk by and toss their cigarette butts and it just takes one we've seen it. And it just really comes down to safety," Gish added.
The ordinance goes into effect June 1st and lasts until the end of September.
You can read the full ordinance by clicking here.