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Early wildfire burns in Oregon

March 21, 2019

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Firefighters were mopping up Wednesday after battling one of the first wildfires this year in Oregon.

The fire, which jumped the Santiam River in windy conditions, burned around 190 acres next to Highway 22, 25 miles southeast of Salem. No structures were lost or injuries reported.

“Some folks seem surprised to see this fire on the landscape in March, but as firefighters, we are trained to consider the conditions, not the calendar,” said Incident Commander Blake Ellis.

Firefighters late Wednesday were locating and extinguishing hot spots, and falling snags.

The blaze had earlier been estimated at 60 acres but ground crews walking the line with a GPS obtained more accurate information. There was no significant fire growth since Tuesday, when the fire was reported.

About 85 people were involved in fighting the fire using ground crews, a helicopter, dozers and fire engines.

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