Fallen tree blocks Highway 20


June 28, 2023

Courtesy of Oregon Department of Forestry

Firefighters cut up a large tree that fell across Highway 20 on June 21.

Sweet Home and Oregon Department of Forestry personnel responded Wednesday, June 21, to a fallen tree across Highway 20 at Milepost 39, east of Sweet Home.

The tree blocked both lanes of the highway and downed power lines, sparking a small fire.

It kind of evolved into a bigger deal than we expected," SHFAD Batallion Chief Randy Whitfield said.

The tree was about 3 feet in diameter, officials said.

Pacific Power and Light linesman Travis Miner was "the hero of the day," Whitfield said.

Miner arrived quickly on the scene to de-energize the lines, according to a Sweet Home Fire and Ambul...

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