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Fire season ends in South Cascade district


October 6, 2021

Scott Swanson

A local rain gauge shows nearly 4 inches of precipitation following the storms that swept through Sweet Home Sept. 16-18.

The Oregon Department of Forestry's West Oregon, Western Lane and 1.2-million-acre South Cascade districts, the latter of which includes the Sweet Home unit, declared an end to their local fire season and dropped industrial fire precaution restrictions on Tuesday, according to an ODF email sent earlier this week.

The ODF had announced Friday, Oct. 1, that it and Oregon State Parks had lifted a blanket ban on campfires in state-managed forests and parks east of Interstate 5. However, individual park restrictions may still be in place. 

Chad Calderwood, ODF wildland supervisor for the Sweet...

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