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ea, Era - July 11,2012 You0, COMMUNITV Page 7 season By Scan C. Morgan Of The New Era A late fire season officially started at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, July 10, and Unit Forester Ed Keith worked his last day with the Ore- gon Department of Forestry Sweet Home Unit last Friday. With fire season, the Quartz- ville Corridor entered into regu- lated use, and logging operations must begin a fire watch and have water and tools on site. Fire season usually starts at the beginning of July, Keith said. "Rainfall in June was twice the av- erage. As was glaringly obvious, it was good and wet." Fire crews have finished train- ing and are on the job, Keith said. They began working a seven-day schedule at the beginning of last week. How fire season will shape up around Sweet Home is hard to pre- dict. "Right now, it's a guess," said Acting Unit Forester Craig Petting- er. "It'll depend on what types of curing we get and when we get it." The short-term forecast is "pretty hot," Keith said. The aver- age weather for July and August is usually hot, so there probably won't be much more rain until September. "It'll take a couple of weeks for the grasses to cure," Keith said. "Our wetting rains are in the fall, at this point," Pettinger said. Fire danger will likely in- crease later in July, again depend- Photo by Scott Swanson Ed Keith, left, shakes hands with Paul Hiebert of the U.S. Forest Service after Keith's departure from Sweet Home was announced during Fire School on June 29. ville Road from Highway 20. Smoking is prohibited while traveling except in vehicles on im- proved roads, in boats on the water and on sand or gravel bars between water and high water marks that are free of vegetation. Campfires are allowed only in- side the metal rings along Quartz- ville Road. Other limits include no chain- saws after 1 p.m., no motorized vehicles off road, no fireworks and no welding. ATVs are limited to roads with no grass strips. Vehicles also must carry a gallon of water or 2.5 pound fire extinguisher and a shovel with at least an 8-inch blade. Keith Departs Sweet Home "Today's my last day," Keith said Friday. "I am going to work for Deschutes County as their county forester." He will work in Bend and mainly foCus on wildfire mitiga- tion through fuels reduction and prevention education. He will coordinate with the different fire- fighting agencies. Keith worked in Sweet Home for more than three years, moving here from Prineville. "I've loved it," Keith said. "The community's been great. One of the things here is the super sup- portive group of landowners." Pettinger is protection super- visor at the ODF Lyons office. "I'm here till they fill the post- tion permanently," Pettinger said. He anticipates working in Sweet Home through much of the sumer. Personnel Out of District The Sweet Home Unit has one person off the district right now, Keith said. Vicki Delong, of- rice coordinator, is working on the Southeastern Montana Complex, which includes four fires. She is handling ordering and manage- ment at that fire. The Detroit and Sweet Home ranger districts have three engines, Velez said. Two of them have been dispatched to other states. One of them, with three per- sonnel, was assigned to the Weber Fire and has since been assigned to the Arapahoe Fire in Wyoming. Another engine, with two personnel, is working on the Wolf Den Fire in Utah. One engine remains in the North Zone, Velez said. The North Zone also has sev- eral personnel working on over- head, including logistics, informa- tion and finance, Velez said. BOOT IULY I4TH REMEMBER TD D~!NK Ill 1 1 1 1 ll ll 1 I 1 1 1 ll I 1 ll 1 1 II ll 1 I 1 I ing on weather,. Keith said. Then it l NO snBsTITOTION$ WITH COUPON I tzXPIRE$ 01131112 will depend on whether lightning 1 .......... storms are wet or dry. 1 1 The national forest, which is I ......... . ............. 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