The Dalles
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Be Careful With Fire As Region Enters Transitional Period

Wildfires in the Willamette Valley and southwest Washington that led to evacuations during the past week are a reminder to be careful when it comes to fire even though we are still weeks from the traditional fire season in the Gorge.  Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue District Chief Bob Palmer says we aren’t quite into fire season, but it is a transitional period with dry grasses left over from last winter presenting fire hazards before they green up again in April.  When doing a controlled burn, Palmer says to follow all the safety precautions including never leaving a fire unattended.  Also use common sense and do not attempt to burn during windy conditions.