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Philomath Fire & Rescue responded June 1 to what started as a controlled burn but spread to a drainage ditch because of wind gusts, according to information provided by Capt. Rich Saalsaa.

Saalsaa said the total area burned was less than a half-acre.

Saalsaa said that the incident should serve as a reminder that while the Department of Environmental Quality may allow burning on a given day, consideration should be given to winds that can come up, particularly late in the day.

“We also remind folks to have water on hand and to make sure the size of the pile is no larger than 3 feet in diameter and don’t allow flames to reach higher than 2 feet,” Saalsaa added. “Most of all don’t burn more than you can control.”

Also over the past 10 days, the fire station responded to a June 3 car fire on Main Street that was caused by a broken radiator hose and assisted the Monroe Fire District Thursday with an engine and personnel on a barn fire.

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