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Firefighters extinguish fire near Santiam River

Lebanon Firefighters responded to the area of 1400 E. Grant St. in the early afternoon of Aug. 15 for a reported small vegetation fire near the S. Santiam River after dispatch received reports of fire burning in the trees along the river.

When responding firefighters arrived, they found two small fires burning near a sheltered camp along the river. Firefighters initially deployed a small fire pump in the river to extinguish the fire and then quickly switched to a brush truck after the fire pump malfunctioned. Firefighters had the fire under control in about 15 minutes and used hand tools and chainsaws to mop-up and make a trail around the burned area. No injuries were reported, and cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Firefighters mop up after the fire was contained.

Lebanon Fire responded with 14 firefighters on three brush trucks, one ladder truck, one water-tender and three staff vehicles. Lebanon Police Department assisted at the scene in locating the fire.

Lebanon Fire would like to remind everyone that the hot weather we are experiencing over the next few days promote extreme fire behavior. The Linn County Fire Defense Board and the Oregon Department of Forestry have announced restrictions on all open fires, including the prohibition of recreational and cooking fires. Stay up to date by visiting the Oregon Department of Forestry’s restrictions and closures. Be safe Lebanon.