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By Scott Swanson
Of The New Era 

After ‘high’ danger warning, power line failure sparks fire


August 16, 2016

FIREFIGHTERS from the Oregon Department of Forestry battle a grass fire off Pleasant Valley Road Friday, Aug. 12.

Fire Season might have been a bit delayed this year, but it’s here now – in full force, Chad Calderwood of the Oregon Department of Forestry said Monday.

ODF announced last week that it was increasing the local level of fire danger to “high” on Friday, Aug. 12, and that afternoon a power line malfunction sparked a 1¼-acre blaze on Pleasant Valley Road.

“Like it or not, it is August and the weather seems to finally be acting normal, with warmer temps, so that means wildfire season is on,” said Neil Miller, ODF Wildland Fire Supervisor in the Sweet Home office.


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