Are You the Spark that Causes the Next Wildfire
(EUGENE, Ore) — Forest Service officials are asking for the public’s help to prevent human-caused wildfires this Labor Day weekend.
Hot, dry conditions are in the forecast, and an influx of forest visitors will be traveling for the holiday weekend.
“The potential for wildfires is still high,” said Northwest Oregon Interagency Fire Management Staff Officer, Ed Hiatt.
“So far this year, Oregon has had over 800 human-caused wildfires.”
Each year, officials told Salem News Journal, they see a spike in human-caused wildfires around the Fourth of July and Labor Day Weekend.
Most often from unattended campfires, fireworks, dragging tow chains, driving on dry grass, and dumping of hot ashes and BBQ coals.
Forest Service officials are asking the public to please remember these fire prevention tips when visiting public lands: