Governor Kitzhaber today released a public safety announcement reminding Oregonians and visitors to practice basic fire safety while visiting Oregon's scenic areas. Oregon is experiencing the most severe wildfire danger in years, with more than 65,000 acres currently burning, and the PSA reinforces the importance of fire prevention.
"We all have a part to play this wildfire season to prevent human-caused fires," said Governor Kitzhaber. "All across the state, quick-acting crews are putting out small, lightning-caused fires before they can become big fires. With lightning frequently in the forecast, we need to make sure we're not diverting those crews with human-caused fires that are easily preventable by using safe practices when visiting scenic areas or using power tools."
The fire season is likely to continue through August and September, and thousands of emergency and other personnel are working together to respond quickly to fires and protect the public and Oregon's natural resources.