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'All it takes is one spark to start a new wildfire'

After a dry winter and spring, the forecast calls for an extended period of hot weather. Wildland firefighters call it "a recipe for disaster in the event of a new wildfire." (DFPA)

ROSEBURG, Ore. - After a dry winter and spring, the forecast calls for an extended period of hot weather.

Wildland firefighters call it "a recipe for disaster in the event of a new wildfire."

“Currently, we are seeing wildland fuel and fire conditions that are more common for the end of July,” said Kyle Reed, Fire Prevention Specialist with the Douglas Forest Protective Association. “All it takes is one spark to start a new wildfire, which is why it’s important for people know and follow the fire restrictions and associated shutdown times for activities listed under the Public Use Restrictions.

Oregon State Fire Marshal Jim Walker also urges Oregonian to be aware of campfire restrictions. For example, campfires will be banned in the Crater Lake National Park backcountry beginning Friday.

Even where campfires are allowed, use caution to make sure the fire is dead out, the fire marshal said.

“It’s everyone’s responsibility to help prevent human-caused wildfires,” Walker said. “Please be aware of weather conditions and fire restrictions in your area.”

In the event of a wildfire, Oregon uses the Level 1 Ready, Level 2 Get Set, Level 3 GO! system for evacuation notices.

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