June 23, 2017
CENTRAL OREGON – Hot and dry temperatures have prompted fire officials for the Deschutes and Ochoco National Forests and Crooked River National Grassland along with the Prineville District of the Bureau of Land Manager to raise the fire danger to HIGH.
With some of the hottest temperatures of the year forecasted this weekend, the public is reminded that conditions across Central Oregon have dried light fuels like grass and are quickly drying brush, making them easy to ignite. Fire officials encourage the public to be diligent about ensuring all cigarette butts are properly extinguished in an ashtray or dish of water and spark arrestors are in place on all motorized equipment. Additionally, all motorized recreationists should park in areas cleared of vegetation – the undercarriage of a vehicle can be hot enough to start a fire.
While fire restrictions are not yet in place on most public lands in Central Oregon, make sure that campfires are built in areas void of light fuels such as grass and that you have an adequate amount of water to ensure that it is ‘dead out’ when you leave the area or go to bed at night. Be sure to ‘Know Before You Go’ if you can have a campfire as seasonal campfire restrictions are already in place on portions of the Deschutes, John Day and Crooked Rivers as well as on BLM-administered lands along Lake Billy Chinook.
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