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The Benton County Board of Commissioners approved a petition to annex a 138.71-acre property into the Philomath Rural Fire & Rescue District during its meeting Tuesday following a brief public hearing.

The petition had been filed with the county Jan. 26 by James and Ardis Belnap, of Cottage Grove, and their trust. The Philomath Fire & Rescue District board had previously endorsed the annexation during a Jan. 8 meeting.

According to county staff, the property, which is zoned forest conservation, has structures on it but had not been in a fire district. One lot has a manufactured home on it and another has a house. Both are located on Beaver Creek Road roughly 9 miles south of Philomath.

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