With fire season officially here and nearby Josephine and Jackson counties already seeing moderate fire danger levels, Coos Forest Protective Agency (CFPA) District Specialist Jef Chase warned residents that debris burning is still the number one cause of forest fires.
Since the end of last fire season, according to Chase, CFPA crews have been busy preparing for the current season.
“We’ve been working with landowners and industrial operations as well as fire departments to supervise debris burning,” Chase said. Debris burning reduces the amount of dead and drying wood, grass and other flammable materials which would slow the spread of a future fire.
Additionally, CFPA revisited their forest roads to ensure they are still usable for the current season.
Over the course of the rainy fall, winter and spring seasons, Chase explained some of the forest roads wash out or have new ruts that form. Checking the roads allows agencies to determine which equipment would be best used to attack fires in those areas.
Career firefighters have also been busy undergoing additional training and education.
New firefighters begin formal training June 22 and will undergo on the job training all season long.