Fall may be almost here but brush fire danger remains a real threat

Fall may be almost here but brush fire danger remains a real threat

PORTLAND, Ore. - Our long stretch of dry, warm weather may be nice for those who love the sun but firefighters are asking everyone to keep in mind that conditions like this can quickly lead to brush fires.

We've hardly had a drop of rain in the past couple of months and it wouldn't take much to spark a blaze. And without much rain in the forecast, we do have reason to be cautious.

In Washington, officials are taking measures to try to keep fires from breaking out. A statewide burn ban was issued Friday.

In Battle Ground, conditions are so dry that the town declared a Stage II water emergency.

The city is asking people to reduce the amount of water they use because of the lack of water, and the high heat. They also are asking people to limit when they water their yards and gardens to every other day.

The city also has to repair a water pump that failed and we're told that should be working again by next Friday.

Portland is not under a burn ban but folks are still advised to be cautious since conditions are so dry.