Extended fire season keeping crews busy

Greensprings, Ore.–Fire season is now officially extended. And crews are ready to deal with it.Oregon Department of Forestry firefighter, Derick Price one of them, ready to keep an eye on fire this weekend.

“We’re looking for camp fire,s people driving in dry grass, checking power lines.”

He’s stationed out in the Greensprings at one of ODF’s four guard stations in Jackson County. Patrolling parts of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monumentwhere dry winds from the East are expected.

Brian Ballou with the Oregon Department of Forestry said, “They typically get very strong towards the end of the day so fire season can get a little bit upside down in that we can have some of our more aggressive fire behavior late in the day.”

In Portland an unprecedented weekend. Ared flag warning is in affect through Sunday and leaders issued a city-wide ban on all outdoor burning.

Nothing new to Jackson County. Fire leaders say they’ve now extended contracts with helicopter and air-tanker providers when this is normally the time they’re done.

“We’ve extended their contracts for an unknown period of time basically we want them right where they’re at available to us,” said Ballou.

Most of the fires started this late in the season are because of people. ODFis issuing a reminder to be careful on dry grass with anything that can spark.

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