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Community battles as massive blazes, spot fires, threaten


September 16, 2020

FIREFIGHTERS battle a blaze Friday, Sept. 11, which was spotted earlier in the day on High Deck Road.

In the aftermath of the windstorm that swept in on the evening of Labor Day, Sweet Home-area residents found themselves facing a threat last week that many had never experienced up close and personally: wildfire.

Strong east winds began sweeping through the area Monday evening, Sept. 7, producing gusts of about 50 mph, knocking down trees and wires, and triggering blown transformers.

Here's a day-by-day recap of what's happened:


By Tuesday morning a small fire had ignited on the hillside above Menear's Bend on Highway 20 east of Foster. In the McKenzie River Valley another, mu...

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