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Fire Danger Level Raised in Lane County and Northern Douglas County

Oregon Department of Forestry

It seemed like fall in the Southern Willamette Valley – cooler mornings, overcast skies and even rain.

But, with this week’s forecasted highs in the mid to upper 80s, the Oregon Department of Forestry has raised the fire danger level in Lane County and parts of northern Douglas County.

Ironically, it was the cooler temperatures from earlier this month that were unusual…not this week’s heat. That’s expected for this time of year.

So, the fire level is now back up to blue or “moderate” in Lane County and parts of northern Douglas County. This means the use of gas powered equipment is restricted between 1 pm and 8 pm.

David Kjosness, spokesman for ODF, says while the cool nights are helpful, there’s still a risk.

Kjosness: “Just because it’s damp at night or maybe we get less than a tenth of an inch of rain overnight doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s not going to be pretty dry at 3 o’clock in the afternoon the next day.”

Kjosness says he expects the fire danger to remain at the current level for at least the rest of the week.

Campfires are also prohibited throughout the county, except in ODF approved campgrounds.

Here’s the list of approved campgrounds in Western Lane:

Whittaker Creek

Archie Knowles

Clay Creek

Smith River Falls

Vincent Creek

Honeyman Park may or may not allow fires at this time, but it is up to the park itself.

Born and raised in Eugene, Anni started at KLCC in 2000 as a reporter and co-host of Northwest Passage. After graduating from the University of Oregon, Anni moved to New York City. She worked in education for several years before returning to her true love, journalism. Anni co-founded and co-hosted Dailysonic, a narrative-based news podcast. She interned at WNYC's On The Media, then becoming WNYC's assistant producer of Morning Edition.
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