Friday, May 3 2013, 09:50 PM CDT
Crews preparing for wildfire season
By Whitney Clark/KTVL.com
MEDFORD, Ore. -- As more than 10,000 acres burns in parts of southern California, crews here are preparing for what could be a busy fire season.
Brian Ballou with the Oregon Dept. of Forestry says they have 30 firefighters on staff right now, seven days a week. While that is normal for this time of year, in just the last week those crews have responded to handful of grass fires.
Firefighters typically don't get called out to grass fires this time of year, Ballou said. Most of them were contained to only a few acres, and started when a controlled burn got out of control.
"In most cases people just haven't expected the woods to be as dry as they are," Ballou said. "So things are getting out of hand a little faster."
While California is seeing major fires now, Ballou says that's not something they are worried about yet. However, if the dry weather in the Rogue Valley continues for the next few months he says it could mean an active fire season.
"Boy we're going to be in for a big time fire season," Ballou said.
CAL Fire says about 50 of its crews from Yreka were called down to aid in a fire in the northern California area. That agency plans on bringing on an additional 30 crews before Monday, a month earlier than normal.
Firefighters are urging people to be cautious if burning on your property. Ballou says expect that things could get out of control fast. He says always keep a hose or water source on hand, and monitor the burn.