This past week, the Douglas Forest Protective Association fought ten wildfires ranging from one to 25 acres. This shortly follows Douglas County’s raised fire danger level for both the public and industrial workers.
According to Kyle Reed, with the Protective Association, fires of this size are expected this time of year and will likely continue to grow in number. All known fires in the county have been contained, and responders encourage the public to stay on the look out for heat and smoke.
“We are getting to the peak of fire season,” says Reed. “We’re to the point where fires can easily start and spread, and we’re asking the public for their cooperation and help in preventing new human caused fires. We don’t need any fires on the landscape for a number of reasons.”
The fires in Douglas County were seen near Canyonville, Days Creek, and Dillard.
The Forest Protective Association is also watching for lightning strikes which can quickly start large fires, but a recent storm that was expected to hit the region subsided before making it up from Northern California.
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