Wildfire season begins for parts of Oregon

Wildfire season begins in Forest Grove, Astoria and Tillamook on Tuesday

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) — Wildfire season begins in Forest Grove, Astoria and Tillamook on Tuesday.

State wide, the conditions in Oregon are so hot and dry they are similar to conditions in September 2014.

Portland Fire Lt. Damon Simmons tells KOIN 6 that homes built closer to nature are at risk of burning if there is a wildfire nearby.

“We see more and more houses getting built closer to nature and that’s a beautiful thing, people want to be close to nature, but that also creates an issue with these wildfires and it brings it right up to your front door,” Simmons says.

There have been at least 226 wildfires since January, with 580 acres burned.

164 of those fires have been human caused. 71 were caused by lightning.

Officials are urging citizens to remain diligent when burning campfires, ensuring they are out completely before walking away. They also recommend having a defensible space around a home, with a 30 foot perimeter.

 

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