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Rural Metro Fire says they want you to hold off on open and barrel burning

The risk for wildfires don't always end with fire season

Posted: Oct 28, 2019 6:19 PM

GRANTS PASS, Ore. -- Right now Rural Metro Fire says they want you to hold off on open and barrel burning.
That’s because of unfavorable burning conditions.
These conditions include air stagnation, lack of rain, and wind speeds.

Rural metro says cold dry air overnight can freeze vegetation.
It is then quickly dried out during the day in the sun and wind.
Firefighters recommend that debris piles be covered with a tarp to keep dry.
That’s until after rain comes so materials can burn cleanly and completely.

Rural metro says for those of you that decide to burn you should watch the burn at all times.
“The lack of rain and this obvious nice weather that we are now experiencing still creates the potential for fire and that could easily be experienced by people who are burning piles or if they are having a bon fire,” Austin Prince said.

They say you should keep some water, a shovel, and a cell phone on you.
You should also extinguish the ash pile fully when you are done.

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