DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. -- The 4th of July is less than a week away, and fire officials throughout the county are urging residents to keep safety in mind.
Though we've had a few wet days, and we're set to have a few more this weekend, officials with the Douglas Forest Protective Association caution that it doesn't take much for grass to dry out.
When it does, grass can easily catch fire. Brett Nixon from the DFPA says people just need to pay attention. "Just keeping in mind the weather. We will have a summertime, summer will come, I promise," he said. "And when it does, fire season will follow right behind it. And so people need to be cognizant of that fact, and make sure they're taking precautions to not start fire negligently."
Nixon advises people to take a few precautions if they're putting on their own fireworks show.
He recommends wetting down the grass before pulling out the fireworks, and placing all finished combustibles into a bucket of water to make sure they don't reignite.
And, as always, he adds that there is absolutely no firework burning allowed on BLM or forest lands.