Last years wildfires put certain areas at risk

, Written by Kassi Nelson, Posted: Sat, July 26 2014 at 6:34 PM, Updated: Mon, July 28 2014 at 5:24 PM

Medford, Ore. -- It was one year ago from Saturday that lightning storms caused nearly 95-thousand acres to burn and create one of the most historic fire seasons in southwest Oregon.

The most notable fires included the Douglas Complex, the Big Windy Complex, the Whiskey Complex, the Brimstone, and the Labrador Fire.

Brian Ballou, Fire Prevention Specialist for the Oregon Department of Forestry, said while the areas burned last year may be out for now there are concerns for fires in those same spots in the future.
"Usually it takes 5 to 7 years before your get a lot of brush regenerated in there. and then if there are snags, which there almost always is, those shed dead branches or fall over, and the accumulate a new fuel bed," Ballou said.

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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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