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Officials warn about fire danger as temperatures rise

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HOOD RIVER, OR (KPTV) -

As the temperature heats up this week, officials want to remind people just how dry it is and what that means for fire danger.

"The conditions we're seeing now with our vegetation, is about what we'd see at the end of August. So it's pretty dry out there, wildfires can spread rapidly, especially when we add wind to it," said Hood River Fire and EMS Chief Devon Wells.

Chief Wells says the fire danger right now is extreme.

Not only are conditions very dry, but without a good snow pack this past winter, everyone's trying to conserve water, so grass and plants in the area are not being watered.

A burn ban is still in effect, but Chief Wells says double check with state parks and campgrounds if you're going out of town this week. Some campgrounds may allow fires in campfire rings.

The increasing heat is good for some businesses though.

Brian Schurton rents stand up paddle boards in Hood River and teaches kiteboarding and wind surfing lessons.

Schurton said the heat draws more people to the river, but to be safe in extreme temperatures, they have to alter their schedule and keep a close eye on clients.

"We actually open a little earlier in the morning say 7:30, 8 because a lot of people want to paddle before the sun gets really hot. We provide watches, glasses, waters," said Schurton.

Chief Wells said to please be aware of parking your car or using other equipment near dry grass.

If you're caught throwing a lit cigarette out of your car, you will have to pay a $500 fine.

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