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Oregon Department of Forestry prepares for fire season

KATU News
June 26, 2020
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

With much of the northwest still experiencing drought conditions, we are turning the corner into what could be a very active and potentially destructive fire season. Kiel Nairns, a firefighting expert from the Oregon Department of Forestry sat down with KATU to discuss the upcoming fire season. He says things are starting to ramp up in Hood River and Wasco counties, along with eastern Oregon. Nairns says fields are drying out, which could fuel flames. The Fourth of July Holiday is always a concern for the Department of Forestry because of fireworks, but Nairns says they will be ready for whatever happens. The pandemic has also changed things this year, but Nairns says their ultimate goal is to put the fires out as small as possible. Nairns says crews will do their best to follow CDC guidelines about social distancing and wear masks when appropriate.

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