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6 The Sun, Wednesday, October 10, 2012 Fire season still in effect IODF says, fires only allowed in designated campgrounds Fall has arrived and sum- mer didn't get the memo. Continued warm weather and the absence of rain have kept fire danger high to extreme throughout Oregon. "We are experiencing con- ditions far from normal for this time of year," says Or- egon Department of Forestry Fire Prevention Coordinator Tom Fields. "The combina- tion of dry, hot weather and exceptionally dry vegetation has created an environment that wildfire will thrive in." Fire managers throughout the region are spreading the word: Proceed with extreme caution when working in or enjoying the outdoors. "We continue to discover and extinguish illegal camp- files in several remote areas," Fields said. "In one case, our crews found an escaped campfire left by a hunter two miles from any road." Persons responsible for illegal camp- fires will be cited and held li- able for fire suppression costs. Public use restrictions, or Regulated Use Closures, re- main in effect on all lands pro- tected by the Oregon Depart- ment of Foreslry. Campfires are only allowed in designated campgrounds. Back yard burning, smoking and off- road driving remain prohib- ited. For a complete list of re- strictions in specific areas, log on to: www.oregon.gov/ ODF/pages/FIRE/ precautionlevel.aspx. Fire closure sti. i. cmx t fouowi the stat. m Smokm t h vehicles on  roads. mopenfir coal fires, onokmg fled or bottl fu =e  m Chain sawusc is mUseof and an terrainvddc  roads. mPossess county roads and ( of water or one STUCK ELECTRIC CO. INC. y Thank you firefighters for our dedication. 147 W. Main Sheridan 503"13"2322 Thank you W. t Valley Fire District/ (503) 876-4222 denulrnetscape.net P.O. Box68,451 N.E. MalnSt Wlllamlna, OR. 97396 Thank You West Valley Fire District Coastal Hills RoaltLV, Inc. •  503-876-6350 e-mail: eoastxlhfllah 421 NE Main St., Willamina Thank you. appreciate your sm, iu. 188 S. Main Wlllamina 503-876-8101 SHERIDAN SELECT MARKET Your Friendly, Local, Grocery Store. We Salute our Emergency Personnel! 135 S. Bridge Y;  .... ,li 503-843-3374 6 am - 10 pm Mon - Sat 7 am - 10 pm Sun The C.Ur of Sheridan thanks the Sheridan Fire Dist00et for all you dot Building codes are written for your safety. By following building codes, you enhance the safety of emergency response teams and your family. 120 S.W. Mill St. Sheridan 503-843-2347 Fire Fa,,;t Facts HOME FIRES • One home structure fire was reported every 85 seconds in 2010. • Most fatal fires kill one or two people. In 2010, 19 home fires killed five or more people. These 19 fires resulted in 101 deaths. • In 2010, U.S. fire departments responded to 369,500 home structm-e fires. These fires caused 13,350 civilian injuries, 2,640 civilian deaths, and $6.9 billion in direct damage. ESCAPE PLANNINGESCAPE PLANNING • According to an NFPA survey, only one-third of Americans have both developed and priced a home file escspe phtL • Almost three-quarters of Americans do have an escape plan; however, less than half actually practiced it. • Oae-thhxl of Americans htmseholds who made and estimate , thou t would have at least 6 minutes before a fire in their home would become life t. Tile time available is often less. And only 8 percent said their first lhought on hearing a smoke alarm would be to get out! SMOKE ALARMS • Almost two-thirds (62 percent of reported home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms. • Working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in reported home fires in half. • In fires considered large enough to activate the smoke alarm, hardwired alarms operated 92 percent of the time, while battery powered alarms operated only 77 percent of the time. COOKING • Cooking has been the leading cause of reported home fires and home fire injuries since 1990. Unattended cooking was by far the leading cause of these fires; Two-thirds of home cooking fires began with ignition of cooking materials, including food, cooking oil, fat, or grease. • Cooking caused two of every five (42 percent) of reported home fires, roughly one of every seven (15 percent) home fire deaths, and two of every five (37 percent) home fire injuries, aad 11 percent of direct property damage from home fires in 2010. • Ranges accounted for the 58 percentof home cooking fire incidents. Ovens accounted for 16 percent • Children under five face a higher risk of non-fire bums associated with cooking than being burned in a cooking fire. • 90 percent of bums associated with cooking equipment resulted from contact with hot equipment or some other non-fire source. SPACE HEATERS • Heating eqttitmaent was the leading cause of reported home fires in the 1980s and has generally ranked second since them. It is the second leading cause of home fire deaths. V mvohg hg p=k m Decemb Ja3, and Feixua, as do deaths from these rites. 1 The leading factor cotiibotig to heating equipment fires was failure to clean, taJncitmlly creosote from solid fueled healing equipmen primarily ehinmeys. • Portable or fixed space heaters, including wood stoves, were involved in one-third (32 percent) of home heating fires and four out of five (79 percent) home heating deaths. • Half of home heating fire deaths resulted from fires caused by heating equipment too close to things that can burn, such as upholstered furniture, clothing, mattresses or bedding. SMOKING MATERIALS • In 2010, smoking materia ganed and estimated 17,500 home  fires, resur in 540 deaths, 1,320 injuries and $535 milliun in direct  damage. Smoking matmals are the leading cause of home fire deaths. • Sleep was a factor in two of every five home smoking material fire deaths. Possle alcohol impairment was reported in one quarter of these deaths. • In recent years, Canada and the United States have required that all cigarettes sold must be "fire safe," that is have reduced ignition strength and less likely to start fires. ELECTRICAL OUTLETS 1Half (49 percent) ofhome electrical rites involved electrical distra,tm,x ti mm=t Ot kng types ofmuipmm we wmher ot dt; f, ponable er  sphe=n; eondemg equptm wr hcat and range. In 2010, electrical failures or malfimetious were factms in ma estimated 46,500 htmae smleane fires resulting in 420 deaths, 1,520 injuries and $1.5 billion in property damage. CANDLES • On average, there ae 35 home candle fires reported per day. • More than one-third of these fires started in the bedroom • More than half of all candle fires start when things that can Imm are too close to the candle. • In 2010, candles caused 3 percent of home fires, 4 percent of home fire deaths, 6 percent of home fire Injuries and 5 percent of airect property damage from home fires. HOME FIRE SPRINKLERS • Automatic fire sprinlde systems cut the risk of dying in a home fire by alx 83 percent. • Home lira slxhde ca cotaain and may evm extinguish a f in less time than it would take lhc f depamnmt to  oa the seine. • Sprinklers are highly effective because they react so quicldy in a fire. They reduce the risk of death or injmy from a fire because -y ,k=na= tedme the heat, flames and smoke produced, allowing people ne to evacuate the home. Brush Fires: Red Prairie blaze burned three acres Conued from PAGE 1 from West Valley Fire District were on scene within 10 min- utes and had the fire under con- trol by 5:50 p.m. The fire had spread through at least two acres of timber and grass between the Willamina High School and residential houses off of Main Street. WVFD crews received mu- tual aid from the McMirmville Fire Deparlment and the For- est Grove Oregon Department of Foreslry. At the same time as the Wdlamina fire was reported, a call came into the Sheridan Fire Dislrict reporting another brush fire on Red Prairie Road at Highway 22. Burning right off the side of the road and likely caused by vehicle-related sparks, this three-acre fire proved considerably more dif- ficult to contain than any of the others. Crew and apparatus re- sponded from Sheridan Fire District, Southwest Polk County Rural Fire Protection Dislrict, the Oregon Depart- ment of Forestry from Dallas and Forest Grove, Amity Fire District and US Fish and Wild- life crews from Finley. A bull- dozer was also hired. ODF crews led the initial attack on the fire. Sheridan's fire crews left the scene at 10 p.m., while other crews left Thank You West Valley Fire District! Grand Ronde Water Association 503-879-5624  br snmr Sheridan fire crews spray water on a roadside blaze likely caused by an improperly extinguished cigarette butt along Southwest Rock Creek Road. around midnight The last en- gine left at 4 a.m. As of Mon- day afternoon, ODF crews were still on fire watch at the site. Jason Rayburn, Protection Supervisor with ODF in Dal- las, commented that this fire was in a really bad area. "If it had taken off with a strong wind, it would've been much more significant." Rayburn offered caution- ary words about dealing with these red flag conditions: "This is the driest three-month period we've had on record. Sandi Ficker Agent Proud to support our local Firefighters 709  Main • Sheridan 503-843-7300 There was an east wind event on top of that, along with record low rainfall and high temperatures. "We've gone 121 days with- out significant rain. Heavy fu- els [debris, brush and other woods] will remain very dry. The first few moments of rain doesn't mean that fire season is over or the risk is lowered." If anyone notices dangerous conditions, or needs to bum debris, please carl the Oregon Deparlment of Foresy at 503- 623-8146 first for information. Vehicle owners should make sure that tow chains are not dragging along the ground. Throwing a used cigarette onto the ground is illegal and highly dangerous. House Fire: Continued from PAGE 1 crew's remarkably swift re- sponse. By 10:06 a.m. the fire had been extinguishe.d and the house declared a total loss. The Fire Investigation Team could not determine an exact cause for the fire. West Valley Fire District re- sponded with two engines, a rescue unit, water tender, a duty chief and a brush rig. West Val- Thank You Sheridan Fire District 317 S. Bridge • Sheridan 503-843-2211 Icy crew received assists from the Oregon Department of For- estry, a water tender from the Amity Fire District, with two more water tenders, a medical unit and a fire engine from the Sheridan Fire District. The McMinnville Fire Department provided a medical unit on standby. The Swoyers are now stay- ing with family in Vancouver, Wash. The property has been in their family for 35 years. GOODMAN'S 136 S. Bridge St. Sheridan 503-843-3242 PETROLEUM ENERGY PRODUCTS 241 NE "C" Street Willamina 503-876-3282 i i