Fire season officially begins Monday in Central Oregon.
That means people who live in or visit the region are subject to restrictions. Kristin Cotugno is the assistant district forester for the state department of forestry in Central Oregon. She urges people to check local fire season restrictions. She also gives some general advice.
"If you got a camp fire, make sure to drown it before you leave. Put it in a safe fire ring. Don't smoke and throw your cigarette butt. If you’ve got chainsaws and those kinds of things you need to have fire equipment with you, just in the event that something unexpected does occur," she said.
The Oregon department of Forestry encourages mowing and brush removal during the summer months. Dry vegetation near homes can be a fire hazard. Fire season usually runs until mid-October.