Friday, June 27, 2014
Never use fireworks in areas where there is flammable vegetation, and there's plenty of it Jackson and Josephine counties' wildlands and forests. A lit sparkler carried by a child running through dry grass will set the grass on fire. Guaranteed. Sparks can ignite dry brush -- blackberries, manzanita and buckbrush -- which can quickly escalate into a dangerous wildfire.
Because fireworks are not allowed in Oregon's forests and wildlands during fire season -- or at any time in state and county parks and campgrounds, national forests and parks, and in the Wild and Scenic Section of the Rogue River -- a wildfire caused by fireworks can result in a citation or a bill for the fire suppression costs. And parents are financially responsible for wildfires caused by their children.
Use fireworks at home in a fire-safe area, such as a concrete driveway, a green lawn or a large patch of bare earth. Have a charged garden hose or a bucket of water at the site where fireworks will be used. Supervise children using fireworks. If a fire starts that you cannot control, call 9-1-1 immediately.
For tips on using fireworks safely, see the websites hosted by the Rogue Valley Fire Prevention Cooperative and the Oregon State Fire Marshal.
Posted by Brian Ballou at 9:07:00 AM
Thursday, June 26, 2014
The rain was nice (see graphic illustrating the 24-hour rainfall between Wednesday morning and this morning), and cooler temperatures and a chance of showers will linger into Saturday. But hot weather is scheduled to return on Monday, at which time the rain will be little more than a memory. Please hold off on burning debris until the end of fire season.
Posted by Brian Ballou at 10:21:00 AM