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Hot, dry weather prompts HIGH fire danger level

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COOS BAY, Ore. -- The south coast is now under a "HIGH" fire danger level.

Coos Forest Protective Association says the hot, dry and windy weather prompted the increase for Coos, Curry and western Douglas counties.

Now there are new public use restrictions are in effect and smoking is prohibited while traveling in forestlands.

CFPA say with fires burning across the country, resources to help put out fires are harder to get.

"So if we do get a fire that's burning and we have trouble getting it put out, there's not a whole lot of help we can call for,” says CFPA’s Jef Chase, “so it's easier to do measures to help prevent the fire from starting than having to try to put it out once it's going. If you're in violation of the closure and you start a fire, you’re liable for all costs of that fire."

For more information and a full list of restrictions, visit the Coos Forest Protective Association website.

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