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'Homeowners can water their trees, shrub and grass to help prevent fire'

Trees burn near a home Tuesday, July 17, 2018 in Spokane, Wash. Fire crews from Spokane, Spokane Valley and Fire District 9 are fighting a fast-moving wildfire just north of Upriver Drive that has engulfed several homes and prompted fire officials to call for a level three evacuation for homeowners in the area. (Colin Mulvany/The Spokesman-Review via AP)

EUGENE, Ore. - Eugene has seen a half dozen days over 90 degrees in the past two weeks.

Measurable rain hasn't fallen since June 17.

That has some people concerned a fire could break out in heavily wooded parts of town.

But there are ways to prepare for - or even prevent - disasters.

"Homeowners can water their trees, shrub and grass to help prevent fire," suggested arborist Jason Seppa. "If they notice them getting brown and what not, it's not too late. You definitely can get them watered and they might come back."

But Seppa said there is a point of no return.

When leaves and branches die, they become a huge fire hazard.

He said that's when it's time to call in experts for tree removal.

Seppa said watering your grass trees and shrubs twice a week for between 15 and 30 minutes should be sufficient to keep them alive.

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