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Officials eye skies as fire season nears


May 13, 2020

THE 2015 Stouts Creek Fire in southern Oregon was started by a lawn mower and burned more than 30,000 acres.

While rain is in the forecast through next week, fire season is fast approaching; and the Oregon Department of Forestry is reminding people that it's time to prepare.

That means cleaning vegetation from around homes and clearing brush away from driveways to allow access for emergency vehicles, said Chad Calderwood, forest protection supervisor with the Oregon Department of Forestry Sweet Home Unit.

"Cleaning up around the home is an excellent way to start thinking about fire prevention this summer," says ODF Fire Prevention Coordinator Tom Fields. "Whether it's disposing of the yard waste...

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