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By Sean C. Morgan
Of The New Era 

Fire damage minimal, thanks to timely rain


September 18, 2013

Fire damage has been minimal this year, and wet weather is putting a damper on the danger levels.

The Industrial Precaution Level is down to one, and fire danger is rated moderate in the wake of last week’s storm. Oregon Department of Forestry protected lands remain in regulated use.

“And we really haven’t had squat,” said ODF Sweet Home Unit Forester Craig Pettinger of the fire damage. There were a few “small, small, small” fires held over from last week’s lightning storm.

“But we got so much rain,” Pettinger said, it wasn’t a problem. Last week’s storm dumped 2.96...

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