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As Fire School ends, fire season begins with summer’s arrival


June 28, 2016

Jan Barnett of Corvallis, left, and Rieghly Sitton of Albany clear a line around a burning slash pile.

Fire season officially began at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, June 28.

The week before, some 200 firefighters gathered at Sweet Home High School for five days of training that ended with the customary live fire training on Friday, June 24.

As of Monday, June 27, fire officials were uncertain when regulated use would take effect on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands around Sweet Home, but they anticipated getting that information sometime on Tuesday.

Outside of a regulated use designation, the use of fireworks and campfires are allowed, but immediately upon entering fire season, the use...

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