Fire Season Far From Over

, Written by RaeAnn Christensen, Posted: Mon, September 9 2013 at 6:00 PM, Updated: Mon, September 9 2013 at 4:13 PM

Thousands of firefighters are on the front lines right now battling the Rim Fire.

California's third largest wildfire in history.

That blaze was sparked by a hunter's illegal fire.

"We are still a long way from being done with fire season," says Brian Ballou.

ODF says they are regularly finding campfires left burning.
 
Ballou sys "having a warming fire in your campfire pit is just fine, but of course put the fire totally out before you leave your campsite."

Another important reminder going into hunting season, using tracer rounds and explosive targets are no longer allowed in the State of Oregon during fire season.

"They do cause fires and we will be issuing citations," says Ballou.

But that's not the only thing to worry about, just getting to your destination is what has fire officials most concerned.

Ballou says "we had a lot of vehicle caused fires this year, dry grass and hot vehicles don't mix. Leave the vehicle parked on a safe grass free area. Then walk up those brushy roads."

Careless activity can trigger wildfires this time of year and ODF asks everyone to be careful.

"We really encourage people to go out and enjoy the weather but just be real cautious about anything that can start a fire," says Ballou.

A tough fire season across the West, right now there are still 8 active fires burning here in Oregon and we are just now getting to the peak of wildfire season.

Fire season typically lasts into the middle of October.

But because of the hot and dry weather this year, it is expected to go a little longer.

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