Rare Winter Wildfires In Oregon

By Jim McCoy Fri 24th January Newsweatherwildfires
High winds and a lack of rain combined to whip up a dozen small fires around Western Oregon, many in old logging slash that was burned in recent months and would have been doused by rain in a normal winter. The Oregon Department of Forestry said two fires burned Friday on private timberland southeast of Cannon Beach. One was 50 acres and another 30 acres. Both were in old logging debris that had been burned recently. In southwestern Oregon, Grayback Forestry President Mike Wheelock sent crews to two fires rekindled in piles of logging slash. One has burned 125 acres on private timberland north of Shady Cove and another 8 acres in the Ashland watershed. Five fires were burning in the Cascades southeast of Salem, and three outside Coos Bay.

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