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Fire Risk Climbs This Weekend In South, South-Central Oregon

Brian Bull

Hot and dry conditions are returning to south central Oregon, which will increase the risk of wildfires.  

Temperatures will peak in the 90s and low hundreds this weekend, with little or no rain in the regional forecast.  This has prompted forestry and fire fighting agencies to raise the fire danger levels, including the Douglas Forest Protective Association.  Beginning Sunday, the level will shift from “low” to “moderate.”

DFPA spokesman, Kyle Reed, told KLCC this means some restrictions for the general public.

“And that’s going to include the mowing of dead or dry grass, power saw use for non-industrial purposes, the cutting, grinding, and welding of metal, and any other power-driven machinery that’s not listed that’s used on private property for improvement or development," said Reed. "So essentially, those activities are allowed before 1 o’clock in the afternoon or after 8 o’clock at night.” 

An excessive heat warning is also in effect from noon Sunday through 11pm Monday, in areas of Josephine and Jackson Counties.

Copyright 2021, KLCC. 

Brian Bull is an assistant professor of journalism at the University of Oregon, and remains a contributor to the KLCC news department. He began working with KLCC in June 2016.   In his 27+ years as a public media journalist, he's worked at NPR, Twin Cities Public Television, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including four national Edward R. Murrow Awards (22 regional),  the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award, Best Radio Reporter from  the Native American Journalists Association, and the PRNDI/NEFE Award for Excellence in Consumer Finance Reporting.