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Weather sparks rise in OR holiday weekend wildfire risk

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Wednesday, July 3, 2024   

Local fire crews across Oregon will be working to limit the number of manmade fires in the state on what looks to be the hottest weekend of the year so far.

Temperatures for the July 4th holiday are expected to be in the 90s across the state, and over 100 by the weekend. In a recent wildfire briefing, the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center said its immediate focus is the July Fourth holiday.

Carol Connolly, public information specialist with the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center, said they can't prevent naturally occurring wildfires, but that isn't always their biggest concern.

"Most of our fires in 2024 are human-caused. So, that's why we're really doing a big push to reduce the risk of starting those large, catastrophic fires that are preventable," she said.

People are being asked to check with their local communities for the most up-to-date information on fireworks regulations and limits, and also to take fire safety precautions when camping, off-roading and cooking outdoors.

Fireworks are illegal on public lands managed by the U.S. Forest Service. Connolly says southeastern Oregon is at a high forest-fire risk this season. The recent lightning storms and increased foliage growth are a potentially deadly combination. She says if the public will help by limiting manmade fires, every resource will be available when a natural fire occurs.

"We're just starting to see some of that lightning on the landscape. We need our firefighters ready and poised for those fires we can't prevent," Connolly continued.

The National Weather Service says Northwest and West Central Oregon, including the Portland metro area, are under an Excessive Heat Watch from July 4th through 7th.


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