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Weather break lowers fire danger


August 22, 2017

The Oregon Department of Forestry downgraded the fire danger level from extreme to high early last week after a brief respite from hot, dry weather.

Sweet Home Unit Forester Craig Pettinger said that another reprieve is forecast for the end of this week, but long-range forecasts are calling for “hot and stupid.”

Fire activity has been about average or a little above average, Pettinger said. As of Monday afternoon, the Sweet Home Unit had 76 calls.

The number of “stat fires,” those where unit firefighters take significant action, is probably about average, he said. “It seems lik...

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