Douglas County firefighters prepare for fire season

At Douglas Forest Protective Association, fire officials said they’ve seen a long string of small fires this week, which is not uncommon for this time of year.

Posted: May 13, 2021 6:23 PM
Updated: May 13, 2021 6:23 PM

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- Fire season has not started in Douglas County just yet, but firefighters are already hard at work preparing for what’s to come.

At Douglas Forest Protective Association, fire officials said they’ve seen a long string of small fires this week, which is not uncommon for this time of year.

However, they said they’re concerned they’re in for a busy fire season based on the warm and dry conditions that have been causing these fires.

“We’re going into this fire season like we have any other year,” said fire prevention specialist Kyle Reed. “We’re going to fight fires aggressively. Our goal at DFPA is to keep fires as small as possible with the lowest resource damage as possible.”

Reed said they’re still not exactly sure when fire season will start in Douglas County, but it’s not far off. He said this would be a good time to make sure your home has defensible space, in case a large fire was to start.

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