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Fire Season Restrictions: What You Need To Know

Fire danger levels remain low but conditions are not expected to stay that way. Read to find out what fire restrictions are in place now and which ones will take affect as fire danger levels escalate.

Posted: Jun 6, 2018 10:12 AM
Updated: Jun 6, 2018 10:17 AM

CENTRAL POINT, Ore -- The Oregon Department of Forestry is advising the public about fire restrictions and what to expect as fire danger levels go up. Right now fire danger remains low but ODF officials say the danger level historically reaches moderate at the end of June. 

Once fire danger reaches the moderate category, the opportunities for the public to cut their dried grass or do other fire prevention around their home becomes harder. If a wildfire is sparked or spread due to negligence, it could mean a big citation or that person could be found liable for the damage and suppression costs. 

"You are not only liable for the violation you're breaking, but if you do start a fire, and you're damaging property, homes, then [you] become liable for everything you damage," said ODF PIO Melissa Cano. "You also have to pay the suppression costs of that fire."

Take a look at ODF's breakdown of fire season do's and don'ts  during each fire danger level in the photo gallery.

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