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Fire officials stay on high alert following first rain in 71 days


August 29, 2018

FIREFIGHTERS from the Oregon Department of Forestry spray the roof of a burning house on Osage Street Aug. 21.

While mild weather and a little rain dropped the fire danger from "extreme" to "high" over the weekend, the Willamette National Forest has banned all campfires.

Thus far, the Sweet Home area has escaped a major fire, though about 1.5 acres has been burned so far this year by smaller fires.

As of Aug. 23, the Willamette National Forest banned fires forest-wide, including developed sites. The ban includes fires in wilderness areas and the use of charcoal briquettes. Camp stoves that use propane or liquid fuels with an on-off switch are acceptable.

"The weather has been consistently hot and d...

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