Fire risks over Labor Day weekend

MEDFORD, Ore. — As the summer starts to come to a close, fire season is still holding strong.

Fire officials are asking those who plan to celebrate this weekend to continue to err on the side of caution.

They want to make sure people are disposing of cigarettes properly as well as following all campfire bans.

“They’re going to have to be careful with any type of fire, that includes smoking, barbecue, fireworks, anything like that,” Battalion chief Jeff Bancroft, Jackson County Fire District 3, said.

Firefighters want to remind you that fireworks are still illegal at this time and if you’re camping this weekend, make sure you’re following the campfire bans.


Blakely McHugh is co-anchor of NBC5 News at Sunrise and spokesperson for In This Together, a suicide prevention initiative. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Blakely is a native of San Diego, CA. Blakely is excited to be in southern Oregon, a place that gets all the seasons and has similar temperatures to Arizona in the summer! When she’s not at work, you can find her relaxing at home watching TV and cuddling with her cat, Dallas. She also enjoys trying new places to eat and exploring the outdoors. Blakely loves meeting new people so if you see her out and about, say “hi!”
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