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Crews in Douglas County seeing more fires than average

"It's really important people do everything they can to prevent new fires from starting," said Kyle Reed, Fire Prevention Specialist.

Posted: Aug 5, 2018 5:32 PM
Updated: Aug 5, 2018 5:33 PM

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- Fire crews in Douglas County said they're seeing more fires than average this year.

The Douglas Forest Protective Association said they've responded to 64 fires so far, which is 10 more than average. The good news is they've been able to contain them quickly, so less acres have burned this year.

They said 86% of them were human-caused. They said a majority of that was from equipment-use, which includes vehicles, chainsaws, lawnmowers and farming equipment.

Vehicle fires are the ones they're seeing the most of, so they're asking drivers to make sure their cars are well-maintained and to make sure nothing is dragging underneath them.

"With the fire situation not only in Oregon but across the west, resources are really on a draw down right now...where there's not a lot of resources available to come help fight the fires that are currently burning or any new fires that may start," said Kyle Reed, Fire Prevention Specialist. "It's really important people do everything they can to prevent new fires from starting."

For more information on the restrictions in Douglas County, click here. 

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