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Fire season looming in Coos County

(CFPA photo)

COOS BAY, Ore. -- With sunny weather, fire officials say fuel conditions will be drying out quickly.

Fire danger is low (green) right now, Coos Forest Protective Association, but with continual sunny, windy days, fire danger will be on the rise.

Once fire danger reaches moderate (blue) fire season will be imposed.

Officials say now is the time to start thinking about fire prevention.

"Spring is the time to start removing flammable vegetation away from homes and other structures to create defensible space," CFPA says. "There is still time left to get small piles burned and mopped up before fire season. Large piles built with machinery will hold heat for long periods of time."

If you have large piles waiting for significant wetting rains in the fall is the safest option for burning them, according to CFPA.

To discuss safe burning conditions, call your nearest CFPA office.

Any time you debris-burn you are responsible for maintaining control of your burn, officials say.

For burning restrictions inside the city limits, contact your local fire department.

For more information on fire prevention, visit www.coosfpa.net or call (541) 267-3161.

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