RECAP: SLCF&R’s fire season, so far – Fewer human-caused wildfires in August; public fire prevention efforts is key

Photo shows the eerie glow of the Garner Complex Fire in Merlin this July. Photo Provided

The 2018 fire season has been filled with challenges.
Through August, 839 fires have burned an estimated 69,600 acres on the nearly 16 million acres of lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) alone. Acres affected by wildfires on all jurisdictions in Oregon represent more than 748,000 acres to date in 2018.
Within our fire district, however, South Lane County Fire & Rescue (SLCF&R) Fire Chief John Wooten dubbed . . .