ODF: Fire season could end sometime this week, depending on rainfall

SOUTHERN OREGON — Rainy weather might be in the forecast, but the Oregon Department of Forestry’s Southwest District says we aren’t out of fire season just yet.

ODF says this year’s fire season is on track with last year, when it ended on November 6th. Last year’s fire season was the second-longest in history.

ODF says the season hasn’t yet been lifted due to inconsistent rainfall and extremely dry fuels in the area due to the drought.

It says depending on rainfall, the season could end sometime later this week.

“Until we get out of fire season, debris burning is going to be prohibited and it’s really just to protect our communities because those [burns] tend to happen closer to homes than neighborhoods and we’re doing everything we can to mitigate those risks right now,” said PIO, Natalie Weber.

So far this year, over 60 people have started illegal debris burns across Jackson and Josephine counties.

If people burn illegally, ODF says they could face a citation and fine, as well as paying for the costs of getting the fire put out.

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Mariah Mills
NBC5 News reporter Mariah Mills is a Medford native. She graduated from the University of Oregon with a Bachelor's Degree in journalism. She also minored in sociology. In school, she covered Oregon athletics for the student-run television station, Duck TV. When she's not reporting, she’s reading, hiking and rooting for her favorite teams, the Seattle Seahawks and the Oregon Ducks.
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