Forest Service Says Don’t Be Fooled by Slow Start to Wildfire Season

Central Oregon’s wildfire season has been relatively quiet so far this summer.

But, we’re now in what the Forest Service calls “Dirty August” –  named for the smoky conditions we see so often.

We’ve been lucky so far, but fire crews are ready.

“We still have fire season ahead of us, here on the Deschutes National Forest,” said Jean Nelson Dean, spokewoman for the Deschutes National Forest. “Fortunately, so far, things are looking good. We expect more lightning on Thursday, so continue to look for holdover fires and continue catching things when they’re small.”

Firefighters responded to 250 fire starts last week, following the lightning storms, but nothing got out of control..

Two helicopters and two engines were dispatched to deal with a small brush fire north of the John Day Fossil Beds late Tuesday afternoon. No structures were threatened.

The most dangerous part of fire season is still ahead of us – typically late August and early September.

Image courtesy U.S. Forest Service



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