Wildfire season expected to be worst yet

Officials warn that an early start to wildfire season in California is an indication of what's to come in Oregon

A mandatory evacuation order was put into effect for an area in the northern portion of Corvallis and Benton County due to an uncontrolled wildfire, Sept. 5, 2014. (Corvallis Gazette-Times)
A mandatory evacuation order was put into effect for an area in the northern portion of Corvallis and Benton County due to an uncontrolled wildfire, Sept. 5, 2014. (Corvallis Gazette-Times)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Officials are concerned about the upcoming wildfire season in Oregon.

The wildfire season that has already begun in California, in part because of the drought there, is an indication of what Oregon firefighters will be seeing.

Other factors that increase the chances of wildfires are lightning and human carelessness.

“I’m very concerned. We’ve already got everything lined up as far as suppression goes so when the fires break we get on them as fast as we can,” says Tom Fields of the Oregon Department of Forestry.

Fields says that it is essential to create defensible spaces around homes and to always put outdoor cooking fires out completely.

“Make sure you have it in a really good place. A designated campground with a camp post or one that is taken care of really well.”

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