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Gov. Brown declares May ‘wildfire awareness month’

A small brush fire burns near Balm Grove in 2017. Photo: Chas Hundley

SALEM - Oregon Gov. Kate Brown joined the governors of nine other states in signing a proclamation declaring May 2019 wildfire awareness month.

The Department of Forestry said Oregonians were responsible for starting 1,330 wildfires during the 2018 wildfire season, mostly by activities such as debris burning and lawn mowing, and those blazes burned more than 329,000 acres.

“It’s incredibly important that all Oregonians work with their neighbors to plan and prepare for fire season now,” said Kristin Babbs, president of the Keep Oregon . . .

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