Local fire crews are starting to gear up and train for what may be one of the worst fire seasons in years. BLM spokesperson Lisa Clark says the dry conditions from last year in Eastern Oregon are still with us, and they are more extreme, and have spread to Central Oregon.
She also says Federal budget cuts will *not* impact crews or equipment for fighting those wildfires.
"You know fire suppression is a little different - emergency response is always going to happen- we have helicopters -3 here in central oregon - repell crew - hotshots and smoke jumpers - air tankers and bringing on season firefighters right about now - we are gearing up for the summer and are ready for anything that happens here in Central Oregon."
Last year, Southeastern Oregon saw a dramatic fire season, with massive range fires. This year, that same prediction and weather outlook has been extended to Central Oregon.