Average fire season in Oregon still means busy

In 2015, there were 1080 wildfires in Oregon

The Akawana Fire is burning 13 miles north of Sisters. (KOIN)
The Akawana Fire is burning 13 miles north of Sisters. (KOIN)

CLACKAMAS COUNTY, Ore. (KOIN) — In 2015, there were 1080 wildfires in Oregon ranging from less than 1 acre to more than 110,000 acres. More than 630,000 acres in all were burned in 2015.

Friday, firefighters from across the state arrived in rural Clackamas County for training for the next major fire mobilization. The training includes live fire and helicopter water drops.

The Oregon State Fire Marshal’s Office is on the scene for the training, even as more than 400 firefighters are engaged in battling the first major fire of the season, the Akawana Fire in central Oregon.

“My office’s mission is to protect the citizens of Oregon and their property from fire and hazardous materials,” Mariah Rawlins with the Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal said.

Officials said 2016 looks to be an average fire season — but lately that means they’ve been busy.

“If you live in a place where you have trees around and a place where brush fires could start, it’s hugely important to make sure that you keep your gutters clean, you’ve got mesh under any vulnerable places around your house,” Rawlins said.

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