Greg Wagenblast, 541-726-3588, firstname.lastname@example.org
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Hot, dry weather has arrived, and the Department of Forestry asks Oregonians to be mindful of the wildfire risk over the Fourth of July weekend.
“If you’re going camping, check with the landowner to learn whether campfires are permitted,” South Cascade District Forester Greg Wagenblast said.
In areas where campfires are allowed, take precautions to ensure the fire doesn’t escape to become a wildfire. The Keep Oregon Green Association lists helpful tips for a safe campfire at: www.keeporegongreen.org/.
Fireworks have no place in the forest and should be left at home. This time of year the woods are an abundant fuel bed of grass, trees and shrubs that can be ignited by the sparks and flames from even legally sold fireworks.
Residents of Lane and Linn counties are reminded that backyard burning is banned for the season.
Oregon law now prohibits the use of exploding targets, tracer ammunition and sky lanterns in the forest during wildfire season.
“We ask people to exercise caution as they recreate this holiday weekend,” he said. “Fire season is just ramping up in the region, and we likely have a long one ahead of us.”