A September 13, 2017 wildfire burns near Balm Grove in Gales Creek. Photo: Chas Hundley
OREGON - Spring officially began on Thursday, March 19, and Oregon Department of Forestry officials are already warning of increased wildfire risk as warm, drier weather moves in.
“The first week of spring has emergency responders concerned,” read a statement from the agency, which manages Oregon’s state-owned forest, and doubles as a fire response agency in hundreds of wildfires every year.
According to ODF, there have already been 18 fires that have escaped control on private, county, state, and federal lands protected by the agency.
Last year, the Santiam Park Fire burned nearly 200 acres between March 19 and 20, causing at least $332,000 in damage, forced home evacuations, and shuttered the North Santiam State Recreation Area for much of the . . .
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