ODF Southwest Oregon watching conditions closely to announce fire season

MEDFORD, Ore. – ODF is watching and waiting, as it debates when to declare fire season in Southern Oregon. Usually, the season starts in June, but depending on conditions it can begin much earlier. Last year, it started in May. ODF said it all depends on weather conditions.

While we had rain this past weekend ODF said it wasn’t enough. But the agency said it could still be a regular fire season.

“Last year we had a lot of fires in the spring because we had a really dry streak. So we started earlier on May 1st. We kind of started to see a little bit of this year as well,” said Natalie Weber, PIO for ODF.

The agency said it’s never too early to prepare for fire season. Start packing your go-bag of belongings you might need in case of a fire. It’s also important to have an evacuation strategy.

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NBC5 News reporter Katie Streit comes from her hometown, Las Vegas. Katie went to the Hank Greenspun School of Journalism & Media Studies at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. While in Las Vegas, Katie won a Student Emmy for her coverage of the Las Vegas Shooting Anniversary. She also hosted and produced the university's political news show, where she interviewed Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak and Congresswoman Dina Titus (NV-1). Her passion for politics turned into a coveted internship at the US Capitol in Washington D.C. In her final months working in the Las Vegas area, she was recognized for her journalism achievements by the Nevada Broadcaster's Foundation. Katie is excited to tell the stories of local Southern Oregonians and Northern Californians. Feel free to contact her at [email protected]
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