The local fire officials are warning that "fire season 2018 is here" in a new press release.

Local firefighters have already had to fight fires in the area and want to remind people that the fire season is upon us. They have some great reminders to keep your property safe.

1- Make sure you have a green barrier (green belt) around your house and surrounding buildings.

2- Cut down any tall and standing vegetation to help eliminate a flash fire. Don't let it grow tall near buildings, vehicles, or equipment.

3- Clean your gutters and move anything flammable from the walls of structures.

4- Have a family plan in case of fire. Go over it regularly.

5- Learn about what the different burn risk levels are, what they mean, and where you can get that information. (www.bcfpc2.org)

credit Benton County Fire District