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ODF: Get burning done now, before it's too late


May 22, 2019

FIREFIGHTERS battle a fire caused by a power line off Bellinger Scale Road.

Oregon Department of Forestry officials say now is the time to finish preparing for fire season.

Sweet Home Unit Fire Protection Supervisor Chad Calderwood said people should get their debris burning done now and clear fuels from around their homes.

"This year's been unique," Calderwood said. "Our leaf litter did not decay."

Also, he said, the Sweet Home area also has not had a lot of rain so far this year. As of May 17, the Sweet Home unit had measured 26.49 inches for the year. Last year, at the same time, the measurement at Foster Dam was 23.76, well below the 35.49 recorded in 2017....

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