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Fire Season Off To A Start In Douglas County

Douglas Forest Protective Association

Tuesday marked the official start of the Douglas Forest Protective Association’s fire season.  Backyard debris burning is now banned within the 1.6 million acres in Douglas County covered by the DFPA.  

On Monday, crews responded to three escaped debris fires. Kyle Reed with the DFPA says while those fires were kept to under an acre, this year’s fire season could be exacerbated by what was left after February’s massive snowfall. He says “we’re seeing heavy, heavy pockets of fuels, everything from broken top trees to stuff that’s completely uprooted so that’s a big concern for us going forward in those areas that were not cleaned up after that storm.”

In addition to the ban on backyard burning, the use of explosive targets and tracer ammunition is also prohibited. Other public use restrictions that apply to campfires or mowing dry grass usually come around the first of July, but with the higher fuels and warm temperatures, those restrictions could come sooner than later.  

Love Cross joined KLCC in 2017. She began her public radio career as a graduate student, serving as Morning Edition Host for Boise State Public Radio in the late 1990s. She earned her undergraduate degree in Rhetoric and Communication from University of California at Davis, and her Master’s Degree from Boise State University. In addition to her work in public radio, Love teaches college-level courses in Communication and Sociology.