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Light up the burn barrel: Rains end Fire Season


October 18, 2017

The heavy rains over the past few weeks on Oct. 11 put an end to a busy but mild fire season and regulated use restrictions in the Oregon Department of Forestry Sweet Home Unit.

The Sweet Home Unit protects private and U.S. Bureau of Land Management timber in the Sweet Home area. It is part of the South Cascades District.

It’s been a busy year, said Unit Forester Craig Pettinger. The Sweet Home Unit responded to 105 calls throughout the fire season.

Of those, 20 were considered “stat fires,” a call where responding firefighters took significant action.

Last year, it responded to...

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