Fire Season is declared over


On Monday, October 29th, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. Fire Season was officially declared finished by the Oregon Department of Forestry.

This marked one of the longest Fire Seasons in recorded history, at one hundred and fifty-one days long, tying with 2002 and 2003.

The longest fire season to date was in 1988 and it lasted one hundred and ninety-nine days.

Fifty thousand acres of wild-land, ignited by three hundred and forty-eight different fires, burned during the 2018 fire season in Jackson and Josephine Counties.

One hundred and six of those fires were caused or directly linked to lightning, the other two hundred and forty two ignitions are still under investigation.

Last year Fire Season burned approximately nine-hundred and thirty in Jackson and Josephine Counties.

There are no more restrictions on use of power tools or burning debris.

"Compared to last year the acres that were burnt were 930, so this year up to 50,000 it was quite a difference it was a very intense season," said Natalie Weber Public Information Officer with Oregon Department of Forestry.

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