O.D.F. issues illegal debris burning citation, reminds the risks

Oregon Department of Forestry personnel. (Sammy Shaktah/News 10)

The Oregon Department of Forestry's "Fire Season" began on June first.

As numerous southern Oregonians already know, that means special measures to prevent fires would be implemented throughout the summer.

One of the changes fire seasons can bring, is the prohibition of debris burning, is it poses a risk of causing a fire to break out.

After numerous fires burned throughout the last year's period of fire season, prevention is always taken seriously.

The Oregon Department of Forestry said they already issued one citation to someone burning debris illegally, on Saturday, in Josephine county since after the Milepost 97 Fire and the Evans Creek Fire broke out in the region.

"It's illegal, and not only is it illegal, but it's also just a bad idea," said Natalie Weber, of the Oregon Department of Forestry.

"Fires can spread so quickly right now with the temperatures that we have, with the wind. And we want to just cancel that risk as much as possible," she said.

In total, the Oregon Department of Forestry has already given 46 warnings and 1 citation since June 1st for illegal debris warning.

In certain cases, the first offense can result in a citation.

After the first warning, an offender will be cited for illegal debris burning if caught again, according to the department.

O.D.F. also mentioned that if a fire is caused as a result, those liable can be responsible to pay for the cost, which can get into the millions in costs.

To put that into perspective, the Milepost 97 Fire has cost nearly $15 Million as of Sunday, according to Weber.

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