Portland, Oregon 2021-06-08 08:00:00 –
72% of Oregon and 87% of Washington are suffering from severe droughts.
Portland, Oregon (KOIN) — The 2021 fire season outlook calls for dry conditions in both Oregon and Washington, especially now in southwestern Washington. Wild land officials said Oregon was also unusually dry.
Currently, 72% of Oregon and 87% of Washington are suffering from severe droughts. In other words, small actions or accidents can lead to wildfires.
“Currently, on average about 87% of wildfires in the United States are artificial,” said Morgan Rubanau of the Oregon Department of State.
For the rest of the fire season until September, fire hazards need to be a top priority, Rubanow said. The most common wildfire activities in the Pacific Northwest are:
- Debris burning
- For lawn mowing and equipment
- Cigarette butts
- The car stops on the dry grass
- Trailer chain drag and sparks
- Shooting training
Prior to this fire season, the Land Management Department and other forest management partners were working on debris removal and had prescribed burns to mitigate the risk. But now we need to play our part, take responsibility outdoors, and avoid accidental wildfires.
Christine Babs, the president of Keep Oregon Green, Said that everyone needs to do their best this year.
“I would like to say that if you can predict the outcome of your actions, and if you can visualize that a fire will occur as a result of your daily activities, whether it’s a lawnmower or a metal blade. Whether it’s a spin, it can hit a rock and catch fire — if you can visualize what’s happening with bad results, it’s probably going to happen, especially in the situations we’re facing. ” “So it’s best to just wait, postpone dangerous field activities that can cause wildfires, and wait for the right conditions.”
She said no one wanted to make a front page of news in their daily activities. Therefore, it is important to be aware of fire bans and fire warnings wherever you go during this summer trip.
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