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Officials: Quartzville blaze after rain reminder that fire season still here


September 12, 2017

Photo by Sean C. Morgan / A WEYERHAEUSER helicopter scoops water from the Quartzville arm of Green Peter Lake to battle a lightning-caused fire Thursday evening.

Oregon Department of Forestry Sweet Home Unit, local landowners and a Weyerhaueser helicopter got to work quickly Thursday evening, Sept. 7, after a lightning strike lit up a hill along the Quartzville Corridor and kept it at about half an acre.

The fire was located on U.S. Bureau of Land Management property about 2½ miles off Quartzville Road along Trout Creek Road, said Neil Miller, forest protection supervisor with the ODF Sweet Home Unit. Firefighters responded at about 5:30 p.m.

The ODF sent four engines and 10 personnel to the fire, who worked on it until about 11 p.m., Mill...

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