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COVID-19 adds twists to firefighting this summer


July 22, 2020

CHAD CALDERWOOD, center, of the Oregon Department of Forestry, talks with Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance District firefighter Josh Marvin at the scene of Sweet Home's first significant brush fire, which burned out the area behind Calderwood on July 12.

Coronavirus has put a bit of a damper on the routine and camaraderie that comes along with fire season, but Oregon firefighters are getting ready regardless as the summer heats up.

The Oregon Department of Forestry has officially raised fire danger level in East Linn County to "moderate," and the agency is asking residents and visitors to take care to prevent forest fires.

Forest Protection Supervisor Chad Calderwood said, "It hasn't rained, and things are starting to cure out... We have a lot of grass out there and it's just dying."

With fire danger at the moderate level, ODF restricts mo...

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