Fire danger hits ‘high’ in Sweet Home

The fire danger rating in the Sweet Home area increased to “High” Tuesday morning, July 30, after the Industrial Fire Precaution Level moved from I to II on Thursday, July 25.

“It’s cooling off for the next few days,” said Chad Calderwood, Forest Protection Supervisor with the Oregon Department of Forestry Sweet Home Unit, Monday. “Then it’s back up into the 90s by the weekend.”

The temperature is expected to remain in the upper 80s and low 90s, he said.

“Summer is here.”

In the past couple of weeks, ODF firefighters responded to a one-acre fire, which started in a pump house, in Waterloo, Calderwood said.

They also responded to a stump fire in Waterloo and a couple of small fires on the edge of the water along McDowell Creek – primarily nuisance fires.

At this point, restricted activities must be done before 10 a.m. and after 8 p.m., Calderwood said. No campfires are allowed without an ODF permit outside of designated campgrounds. No debris burning is allowed.

The South Cascade District, which includes the Sweet Home Unit, fought a fire southeast of Springfield last week that reached some 13 acres, Calderwood said. The fire is contained, and the cause is unknown.