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Page 10 VctJD C_cMMI JmlTV ]t Tt r. - October 1 O, 2012 m Fires From page 1 The way the fire burned showed how dry things are now. Friday, humidity was 11 to 15 percent, Calderood said. Fire dan- ger was moving to "extreme," with forecasts predicting east winds continuing through this week. The east winds will taper off, but there will still be a problem with humid- ity until the weather changes. "This is the driest season in the Willamette Valley on record," Calderwood said. It's the longest period without rain, now well more than 100 days without sig- nificant rain. Calderwood said that people need to check with private land- owners before entering private forests. All of them except Cas- cade Timber Consulting have completely closed their forests. CTC has closed its gates and is prohibiting vehicles on the land it manages. CTC land is open only to walking, bicycling and horse- back. "People need to be extremely cautious," Calderwood said. A warm east wind event con- tributed to several fires on Oct. 3. Fire crews from the ODF, forest protective associations and rural fire departments worked overtime to contain grass and brush fires throughout the state fueled by winds in excess of 20 mph. ODF and the Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal remind ev- eryone that outdoor debris burning remains prohibited in most areas throughout the state during this period of high fire danger. Campfires, while only al- lowed in designated campgrounds, should not be built at all under the current conditions. Photos by Sean C. Morgan A firefighter surveys the scene as colleagues (wearing headlamps visible in distance) battle the wildfire at Canyon Creek and Highway 20. In addition, motor vehicles are only allowed on improved roads that are free of flammable vegetation. For a complete list of restrictions in specific areas, log on to www.oregon_gov/ODE A list of corporate land closures also can be found at the ODF website. Finally, fire weather forecast- ers are predicting this continued warm and dry spell over the next week. Fire season will remain in effect until significant precipita- " tion occurs to the point that the threat of a fire starting is close to nil. Light from the fire and equip- ment casts an eerie glow on the scene as firefighters work to put out the blaze.