A prolonged period of unusually dry weather in southwest Oregon this winter has made the region's low-to-mid-elevation wildlands susceptible to wildfire. People planning to do backyard burning, or who have burned debris in the last couple of weeks, are advised to monitor their fires closely and check old burn sites for embers. A dry wind could easily cause a burn pile fire to scoot through dry weeds and blackberry brush.
Nearly 10 years ago, an escaped debris burning fire turned into a 200-acre wildfire in the Wagner Creek area. Just because it's winter doesn't mean wildfires can't burn.