Oregon Department of Forestry Takes Bold Steps to Tackle Impending Wildfire Season

MEDFORD, Ore. — There have been some wildfires in the Rogue Valley in the last few weeks. These fires may have been caused by high winds and high temperatures.

According to the news source, Natalie Weber’s job at the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) is to talk to the public. Weber says that lightning and things people do every day are the two main things that start wildfires.

“It can range from debris burns that escaped to using equipment which can be vehicles, dragging chains along the roadways and igniting dry grass,” says Weber.

β€œWhat really comes down to everyone in our day-to-day activities is to realize, am I doing something that can throw a spark or produce heat? Because when you have one of those two things on a heat windy day, you have that potential for fires to start.”

Oregon Department of Forestry Takes Bold Steps to Tackle Impending Wildfire Season

Southern Oregon is prone to wildfires because of the types of rangeland fuel, the number of conifers, and the amount of trash left behind.

“In the spring, we see a lot of fires that started when burning trash got out of control. We call this the “fire triangle” because it shows what we need for fire to grow quickly. Weber says, “That is fuel, heat, and oxygen.”

A few days before, Due to skyrocketing deductibles, the Oregon Department of Forestry decided to terminate an insurance coverage that was initially intended to assist in covering the expense of putting out wildfires.

The ODF tells people who might be doing something that could start a fire to have water and a hose close and to call 911 if a fire starts. People can go to the ODF website to find out more about how to stop a blaze.

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