Firefighters preparing early for wildfire season

, Written by Kassi Nelson, Posted: Fri, March 21 2014 at 6:07 PM, Updated: Fri, March 21 2014 at 10:03 PM

Gold Hill, Ore. -- Grayback Forestry Firefighters were out in the Valley of the Rogue area Friday burning 60 acres to clean up the forest floor. They said it's one of the many things they're doing to prepare for what could be another devastating wildfire season.

"My personal prediction is due to the no snow pack fire season might be the same as last year or a little worse," BLM Fuel Technician Jerry Serabia said.

The historic dry winter is one of the reasons Serabia said it's important to get started with prescribed burns even earlier than last year.

"It keeps the forest floor clean if there's any future wildfires," Serabia said.

He said a clean forest floor can prevent a crown fire - when the fire travels up into the trees.

"The main benefit is to protect public and private lands from catastrophic fires," said Serabia.

Catastrophic fires like Southern Oregon saw in 2013 with nearly 100,000 acres burned. 

"If we don't get much rain this spring it could get busy early," Serabia said.

The firefighters burned 40 acres in Thomson Creek on Thursday and will burn 100 acres in the Applegate Valley tomorrow. Serabia also said they're already working on plans with other agencies and staying physically fit.

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Kassi Nelson

NBC5 News reporter Kassi Nelson was born and raised in Nebraska. She graduated from the journalism school at University of Nebraska Lincoln where she studied broadcasting.

She also studied philosophy in the Czech Republic. Kassi has visited nine other countries including Sochi, Russia, where she reported on the preparations for the 2014 Olympic Games.

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