Now that the burn ban has been lifted in Central Oregon, people are burning debris and bonfires. This is just a reminder to please, please check your debris piles before burning! A variety of wild animals finds these debris piles to be a good nesting/den area. After all, it provides a safe, secure home for creatures like cottontails and quail.
Once the pile is ignited, there is little time for animals to escape, like the Cottontail pictured here. It’s like your house suddenly going up in flames, with you trapped inside. Yikes!
Please consider the animals that may be in your pile, and scare them out before you light it up. If possible, move parts of the pile, create lots of noise or other activity to frighten animals out of their doomed hiding places.