Southern Oregon firefighters said they are already noticing a significant uptick in reported grass fires because of the recent surge in warmer weather drying out grass and other combustible fuels.

Southern Oregon firefighters said they are already noticing a significant uptick in reported grass fires because of the recent surge in warmer weather drying out grass and other combustible fuels.

A one-fourth acre grass fire was reported in the 1500 block of Murphy Creek Road Tuesday. The caller reported an open burn he had been performing had gotten out of control. The Josephine County Rural Metro Fire Department and Oregon Department of Forestry both assisted in extinguishing the blaze.

Rural Metro fire officials said burn piles are still legal this time of year, but should not be left unattended and have a fuel break around the burn area. An adequate water supply should also be on-hand in case of emergencies, officials said.