Wildland fire fighters are gearing up for a busy week east of the Cascades, and additional restrictions have been put in place on public lands.
With lightning in the forecast, Randall Baley of the Oregon Department of Forestry notes that fire fighters are ready to strike: "With the heat, and then with the drying fuels and conditions, it's a recipe where we could be very busy for the next 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 days."
Fire danger remains 'high' in Klamath and Lake counties. Baley notes that a regulated use closure went into effect Monday morning...
"No fireworks, no campfires - only in designated areas." Off-road vehicle traffic is now prohibited. "only smoking inside your vehicle, when you're out in the woods - no smoking outside the vehicle whatsoever."
Additional restrictions are also in effect for commercial forest operations.
With a fire weather watch now in effect, Baley says that fire fighters are prepared for the worst...
"They've put in a lot of training up to this point. They're anxious, and they're ready to go."
While there are currently plenty of fire fighting resources available, the main game plan is to keep small fires from becoming large fires.
Fire season went into effect on public lands in Klamath and Lake counties on ay 25th, which is a little earlier than usual.