On a typical Fourth of July weekend in Oregon, the woods are fire-prone.
This year the risk is especially high.
Ongoing drought, meager winter snowpack, and warmer-than-average temperatures have set the stage for any fire start to spread fast. An errant spark in the fuel-rich environment of a forest is all it takes.
Be careful with campfires, motorized vehicles and cigarettes – all common causes of wildfires.
And while we all associate fireworks with Independence Day, leave them at home when you travel to the forest. Even the humble sparkler burns at 1,200 degrees – enough heat to ignite grass, shrubs and trees in seconds.
The Keep Oregon Green Association offers other practical fire safety tips to make your July 4 holiday safe and enjoyable. Please visit them online here.