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Fire season goes to high


August 5, 2020

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The fire danger level in the Sweet Home area rose “high” on Tuesday, July 28, which means campfires in the area are officially forbidden, along with restrictions on other activities.

The Oregon Department of Forestry South Cascade District decides the fire danger level based on a formula.

“We use information from three different weather stations that report to us hourly,” Unit Forester Craig Pettinger said. “It’s kind of a science-based deal.”

The formula determines how dry are fuels like grass and brush, based on rainfall in the area, and also calculates how m...

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