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Extreme fire danger prompts warnings

Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue is encouraging local residents to use extreme caution as dry weather conditions reduce humidity and create greater fire danger.

Smoking, off road driving, campfires, mowing dry grass, the use of power saws, exploding targets and fireworks are examples of activities that are either restricted or prohibited entirely during fire season.

To reduce the risk of a wildfire around your home, officials suggest removing dead vegetation a minimum of 30 feet around the residence. Prune trees and keep grass short and green to keep fire on the ground and make it more manageable by fire crews.

Ask a local nursery or OSU Extension agent about fire resistant plants.

Homeowners should also make sure driveways are accessible to fire engines. Long driveways should be at least 12 feet wide, have 10 feet of vegetation clearance from the centerline out and about 14 feet overhead.

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