FIRES

why field burning is allowed in the Willamette Valley heat SR

Here’s why field burning is allowed in the Willamette Valley heat

With temperatures nearing or surpassing record levels and air quality warnings in effect, burn bans are commonplace.  But there are still sometimes long plumes of smoke headed into the skies over Salem begging the question: Why? “It’s a very visible activity, you can actively see it,” said farmer Kathy Hadley[Read More…]

Fire updates: No new evacuations, mild winds through the weekend with rain expected Monday

The evacuation status in Marion County remains unchanged from Thursday.  Current Level 2 evacuations, meaning residents should be ready to go at a moment’s notice, are in effect for Stayton, Sublimity, Aumsville, Silverton, Mt. Angel, Cascade south of Abiqua Road north of Silverton, and all areas south of Abiqua Road.  Current level 3 evacuations . . . You[Read More…]