Destructive fires starting in fireplaces and wood stoves have gone up 40 percent in Oregon, according to information from the Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal.

Local fire officials said there could be a number of possible reasons for the increase in fires, like more people trying to save money by burning wood to heat their homes.

Today on KATU we are looking at what homeowners can do to make their homes safer, and the common mistakes that put them at further risk for a chimney fire.

We checked in with Todd Gary of the Canby Fire District. Canby had a series of chimney fires last year, all around the holidays.

“It gets big. And it gets big really quick,” said Gary. “And it spreads really fast.”

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