Wildfire Season Starts Early
May 6, 2013, 2:43 am
Wildfire season has started.
The Oregon Department of Forestry reported around 20 fires in the last few days. Over the weekend many crews in the metro area were scrambling to put out fires that they don't normally see until later in the summer season.
In Portland a fire off of Skyline BLVD was started by a downed power line. In Cornelius a fire swept through a rural house in no time. In Sheridan a 40-acre brush fire took crews by surprise. And in La Pine 170-acres burned and 40 homes were evacuated before crews could get a handle on the blaze.
The summer temperatures combined with the dry wind makes it prime conditions for fires to start. Oregon has seen its driest January through April on record. Fire crews from all over the state urge people to be extremely cautious this year. They say to make sure cigarettes make it into ash trays, and coals are not disposed of until they are cold to the touch. And if you make a fire, Portland Fire says to make sure you have it in a safe pit with nothing around to ignite.