Fire season is already more than a month ahead of schedule, according to ODF

Ahead of another day of expected lightning, continued dry conditions and a looming heat advisory, multiple Southern Oregon fire agencies voiced hope this week that a combination of teamwork and quick action will keep the region’s wildfires under control.

Tyler McCarty, acting district forester for the Oregon Department of Forestry’s Southwest Oregon District, described “severe to extreme drought in most areas” at a Wednesday morning press conference outside ODF headquarters, and said that the National Interagency Fire Center predicts “above average fire conditions” between June and September.

“This is about a month and a half ahead of what we typically see this time of year,” McCarty said, adding that ODF has already responded to 134 fires in southwest Oregon this season.

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