Thursday, May 22, 2014

Campfire Safety Tips

Campgrounds throughout southwest Oregon this Memorial Day weekend will be alive with the sound of crackling campfires and the smell of toasted marshmallows. To keep campfires from turning into wildfires, the Oregon Department of Forestry and the Keep Oregon Green Association offer these reminders:
  • Build campfires only inside of designated fire pits.
  • Keep any flammable material at least five feet from the campfire. This includes piles of firewood, newspaper, drying socks and shoes, tablecloths and tents.
  • Don't use gasoline, white gas, oil or any other flammable liquid to start the fire.
  • Have a bucket of water and a shovel near to the fire pit.
  • Don't let children play with burning sticks, and make sure they don't get too close to the flames.
  • Don't burn garbage in the campfire pit. Put all garbage in a campground garbage can, or take it home for disposal.
  • Never leave an open fire unattended.
  • Put the campfire out -- dead out -- before going to bed or when leaving the campsite.
Also, fireworks are not allowed in campgrounds, and smoke only in the cleared area around the fire pit or in an enclosed vehicle. Use the ashtray, please.

Enjoy the holiday and help to keep Oregon's forests fire-free this weekend.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

A Few Rumbles from Monday's Thunderstorm

A few thunderheads rolled across southwest Oregon on Monday afternoon but no lightning-caused fires have been spotted -- so far. The only area that had lightning was the Copco Rd. region -- more than 15 miles southeast of Ashland in the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument -- where four strikes were recorded by ODF's lightning tracker. Most of the lightning struck east of the Cascade Range in Klamath and Lake counties.

Today, the thunderstorms are expected to push farther south-southeast into northern California and Nevada.