Oregon Dept. of Forestry closes central Oregon fire season

October 16, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

PRINEVILLE, Oregon – The Oregon Department of Forestry’s Central Oregon District terminated fire season at 12:01 a.m. on Monday.  Recent weather patterns combined with shorter days and cooler nights have reduced the risk of large fire growth. “Under these conditions, fuels won’t be able to dry out enough to be a significant hazard and they no longer warrant the need for us to be in fire season,” said District Forester Mike Shaw. Termination of fire season brings an increase in outdoor burning from activities such as fuel reduction, yard debris clean-up, and operations to reduce slash in managed forests. 

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