Fire season doesn’t officially begin until June 1st. But already ODF issued a red flag warning for Klamath County to discourage landowners from doing yard burns. The Oregon Department of Forestry Public Information Officer Randal Bailey said Klamath County has been extremely dry with little evidence of morning dew. Combined with windy conditions, fires could spread beyond a landowner’s control.
Red flag warnings are typically given when windy and dry conditions could potentially spread fires beyond a landowner’s control. Klamath County doesn’t have “no burn” days in the summer unless smoke from existing forest fires are creating hazardous breathing conditions.
ODF still uses fire lookout towers in the summer that are typically manned from around June 20th through October. Historically, ODF would hire seasonal employees to man these towers five days a week, unless fire conditions such as lightning storms extended monitoring into the weekend.