KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — The Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) has called an end to the 2019 Fire Season for Klamath and Lake counties, according to a statement released on Thursday.
"Fire management personnel from the Oregon Department of Forestry, Klamath-Lake District, in cooperation with other local fire agencies and departments declared the termination of the 2019 season as of 12:01 am Friday, September 27, 2019," the agency said.
During this year's Fire Season, Klamath and Lake counties saw 63 documented fires. The largest was the lightning-caused Ward Fire in southwestern Klamath County, which grew to 1,301 acres before containment. About half of the 63 total fires were human-caused.
"Landowners need to remember that any burning escaping their control is their liability and they could be billed for the fire suppression costs. Be cautious, be fire safe," ODF said.
With the season now over, a restriction on open burning in those two counties has been lifted. Requirements for commercial logging — which included watchmen services and fire equipment kep on-site in private, county and state lands — have also been lifted.
Air quality restrictions could persist, depending on the area.
"Check with your local rural structural fire district for burning regulations within their districts and the county health departments for air quality restrictions," ODF said. "The Oregon Department of Forestry, Klamath-Lake District does not issue or require burn permits on lands solely protected by them when fire season is not in effect."