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Rain provides brief respite for firefighters

Modified: Saturday, Jul 26th, 2014

Several first-year firefighters attached to the Oregon Department of Forestry district and unit offices participate in a live training exercise held late last month in Sweet Home. (Photo courtesy of the Oregon Department of Forestry)

TOLEDO — Firefighters stationed at the Oregon Department of Forestry unit office in Toledo likely won’t turn their attention to local fires until later this summer and fall, but they’ve been busy extinguishing fires caused by lightning strikes during the last two weeks in the Klamath Falls area.

“It’s been a slow year locally, but we still have folks helping out in the southern district where a lightning storm caused a large number of multiple fires,” said Michael Curran, the interim unit forester at the Toledo station.

Curran said Thursday that this week’s precipitation in Western Oregon helped dampen the forests, “but it’s still pretty dry out there, and the forecast is for general warming beginning this weekend.” He said conditions in Oregon’s forests have been generally warm and dry over the last five years.

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