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Warm, dry weather pushes fire danger to extreme as restrictions tighten


July 25, 2018

A FIREFIGHTER sprays water on a grass fire that ignited below Foster Dam Tuesday morning, July 17.

Fire danger increased to extreme Monday, July 23, and the Oregon Department of Forestry Sweet Home Unit increased the Industrial Fire Precaution Level to III, placing the highest restrictions on industrial activities.

The Sweet Home Unit went to a high danger level and Precaution Level II about three weeks ago.

"We're still what I would say is several weeks ahead of where the calendar says we should be," said Unit Forester Craig Pettinger, noting that this is one of the earliest Level III designations he has seen.

Conditions are dry, he said, and no rain is in sight.

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