Public asked to be extra vigilant to avoid human-caused fires.
Central Oregon- The National Weather Service http://www.weather.gov/ recently announced that Central Oregon will experience very hot temperatures and the potential for thunderstorms will little to no rain beginning tomorrow and continuing into early next week. The combination of high temperatures and lightning increases the potential for natural wildfire ignitions and fire officials in Central Oregon are anticipating that firefighters will be very busy responding to lightning-caused fires.
With abundant dry fuels throughout much of Central Oregon, fire officials are asking the public to be proactive and take extra precaution when working and recreating throughout Central Oregon. The potential for numerous wildfires with increased rates of spread from our predicted very high temperatures, and increased thunderstorm activity is imperative.
For example, people who use or visit forest lands should smoke only in cleared areas or in vehicles and dispose of cigarette butts properly and also make sure all campfires are dead out.
In addition, with the 4th of July holiday nearing, fire officials want to remind the public that fireworks and exploding targets are always prohibited on Forest Service lands, and are prohibited on BLM lands this year from June 1 through October 15 due to the severity of fuel conditions. If an individual is found responsible for starting a fire, whether it is accidental or intentional, they likely will be held responsible for all suppression costs for the fire.
We hope everyone enjoys a safe and fun weekend and protects public lands for everyone’s future enjoyment.