Fire officials stay on high alert following first rain in 71 days
August 29, 2018
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...