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Backyard burn ban on as firefighters gear up for dry weather


June 20, 2017

THE 2017 SWEET HOME UNIT fire crew is, in front from left, Unit Forester Craig Pettinger, John Simms, Tomas Rosa, Shane Ruddell, Gracie Olson, Hailey Hummer, Justin Wolfe, Dillon Stutzmn and Forest Protection Supervisor Chad Calderwood. In back are Carl Lemmer, Justin White, Daniel Virtue, Craig Wilson, Brandon Whaley, Robert Green and Forest Protection Supervisor Neil Miller.

The annual open and backyard burn ban is in effect in Linn County, and the local wildland firefighting crew is on duty as the beginning of fire season looms.

The ban took effect on June 15 as the Oregon Department of Forestry and fire defense boards in Linn, Benton and Marion counties announced the ban, which aims to reduce the incidence of open debris burns escaping control.

The restrictions remain in place through Oct. 15 or later depending on fire danger.

“We are seeing a lot of green-up occurring with the current weather patterns,” said John Bradner, Linn County Fire Defense Boar...

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