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Soaking rain lowers fire danger levels


September 11, 2019

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Local loggers are getting a reprieve from fire restrictions, thanks the mass of rain and moisture that fell on the Sweet Home area over the past week.

The Oregon Department of Forestry reduced the fire danger rating to low from medium and Industrial Fire Precaution from level II to level I Sunday morning in the South Cascades District.

“At some of the weather stations, we were already getting an inch and a half for the past 24 hours,” said Sweet Home Unit Forester Craig Pettinger. “We’re not quite ready to call fire season yet. The 1,000-hour fuel needs rain on it...

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