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Bend Fire & Rescue closes rural outdoor debris burning for season

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Burning is banned in city year-round; fire danger level raised to 'moderate'

BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) -- Wildfire season is quickly approaching and Central Oregon has had a drier than average winter this year. Due to the dry winter, our area is seeing low fuel moisture levels.

Additionally, the long-term forecast looks like we could have an early fire season in the Pacific Northwest.

Due to these factors, Bend Fire & Rescue said Wednesday it has decided to close outdoor debris burning for the season, effective immediately. (Since the city of Bend has banned outdoor burning year-round for several years, this affects the rural areas in Deschutes County Fire District No. 2 that surround the city.)

Burning season typically lasts until about May 31 and is closing three weeks early, officials said.

In addition, Bend Fire & Rescue will be changing its fire danger signs outside fire stations from the "low" to "moderate" level.

Following are the fire behavior detail of the moderate fire danger level:

Moderate Fire Danger:

  • Fires can start from most accidental causes, but with the exception of
    lightning-sparked fires in some areas, the number of starts is generally low.
  • Fires in open-cured grassland will burn briskly and spread rapidly on
    windy days. Wood fires spread slowly to moderately fast.
  • The average fire is of moderate intensity, although heavy concentrations of fuel, especially draped fuel, may burn hot. Short-distance spotting may occur, but is not persistent.
  • Fires are not likely to become serious, and control is relatively easy.
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