Fire Season Begins in Jackson, Josephine Counties

, Posted: Mon, June 3 2013 at 8:16 AM, Updated: Tue, June 4 2013 at 9:15 AM

Fire season 2013 is now underway, and as those temperatures continue to climb up, so is the fire danger level.

June 3rd is start of fire season in Southwest Oregon. Jackson and Josephine county are now in the moderate fire danger level.

Officials with the Oregon Department of Forestry say the easiest way to prepare for fire season is to keep up on yard maintenance.

Officials advise homeowners to clear any dry vegetation near your home, and mow and water your grass regularly.

The start of fire season also means that open burning season will come to an end.

Debris burning will be prohibited, with the exception of burn barrels.

However, you must apply for a burn permit with O.D.F. or your local fire protection district.

The use of fireworks on forest-lands are also prohibited.

Fire season typically lasts until mid-October, and officials are expecting one of the worst fire seasons in nearly a decade.

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