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Fire danger increases to 'moderate'


July 17, 2019

By Sean C. Morgan

Of The New Era

The fire danger level in the Sweet Home area increased to “moderate” Monday morning, while Industrial Fire Precaution remained at Level I.

“We’re finally in fire season,” said Craig Pettinger, Sweet Home Unit Forester with the Oregon Department of Forestry. While fire season – which typically begins around Independence Day – officially began last month, the danger level has remained low.

Fuel moisture remained relatively high with good humidity recovery at night, Pettinger said. For a few days, officials were waiting to see if more rain would...

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