ODF Southwest: 96% of fires this year have been human caused

MEDFORD, Ore. – Rural Metro isn’t the only agency asking people to be cautious this weekend. While lightning isn’t predicted in our forecast, the Oregon Department of Forestry warns human caused fires are the biggest threat.

With high to extreme fire danger continuing into September, ODF said most fires that start at this time of year are due to human activity. Already 96% of fires in southwest Oregon this year have been ‘human caused.’

“Some of the best preventions depend on what your activity is. If you’re having a campfire its keeping it small. You know, managing your vehicle making sure there is no metal touching the ground,” said Kyle Novy-Riley with ODF.

The agency is asking everyone to take as many precautions as they can into the holiday weekend.

Madison LaBerge is the anchor of NBC5 News Weekends at 6 and 11. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Madison is originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico. She loves living in the Pacific Northwest. She can't get over "how green everything is!" When Madison is not at work, she looks for new and exciting cooking recipes and explores Southern Oregon. Feel free to send her story ideas or the address of your favorite Mexican food restaurant!
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