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Experts: Recent rainfall won't impact fire season

"The day that it's raining, yes it does make a difference...but within a couple of hours when the sun comes out, a lot of the benefits of that moisture are already gone," said Kyle Reed.

Posted: Jun 10, 2018 5:29 PM
Updated: Jun 10, 2018 5:37 PM

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- Although this weekend's rain was desperately needed, experts said it won't have a big impact on fire season.

Fire Prevention Specialist Kyle Reed said Roseburg is still about 12 inches short in rainfall (and that's including the rain we had this weekend).

"The day that it's raining, yes it does make a difference...but within a couple of hours when the sun comes out, later that day or the next day, a lot of the benefits of that moisture are already gone," said Reed.

Reed said they've already had 14 fires this year, three were from lightning but the majority were from debris burning. He said that's because May was such a dry month and that the rain deficit can have a big impact of fire season.

The Douglas Forest Protective Association's fire season started on Friday, so you're no longer able to do backyard debris burning. Also, you can't use exploding targets and or tracer ammunition.

He notes that sky lanterns are prohibited year-round in Oregon. Reed anticipates that they'll put out more restrictions in July and August.

For more information on what the rules are where you live, click here.

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