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Douglas County fire danger moved to low, but fire season is still in effect

Forestry officials say fire danger is now considered low on public lands in Douglas County, thanks to heavy rainfall this weekend.

Kyle Reed with the Oregon Department of Forestry said while the wet weather was welcome, this does not mean fire season is over.

“One of the biggest concerns we have when we get these big shots of precipitation is, uh, we see a lot of illegal burns take place. So that’s a big thing. We want to remind people that, as of this point, there’s no backyard debris burning allowed,” Reed told OPB.

Some restrictions have been lifted for lawnmowers, chainsaws and other power tools. U.S. Forest Service restrictions remain in place for some vehicles and generators. The restrictions in place are below:

As of Saturday, the Jack Fire and Devil’s Knob Complex in Douglas County are still only about half-contained. Together they’ve burned almost 100,000 acres. Reed said crews will need much more precipitation in the coming weeks to bring an end to fire season.

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Jeff Thompson