PORTLAND -- Fire conditions were expected to calm Monday after a weekend of challenges.
Strong winds and dry weather fueled numerous fires, including one in Vancouver Saturday that burned 5-acres of brush, destroying a barn and threatening homes before fire crews could get it under control.
If the rain holds off, then we get really busy in October because the fuels, the trees, and the grass have had all summer to dry out, said Jason McGowan, Gresham Fire Dept. Battalion Chief.
Firefighters were encouraging smokers to be extra careful about where they toss their cigarette butts because that's how many brush fires start.
Firefighters say illegal burns caused many other small fires over the weekend.
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As of Monday, 27 days had passed since Oregon and Southwest Washington got measurable rain, according to KGWMeteorologist Nick Allard. (See weather graphic, below) The forecast was calling for the next rainfall on Friday.