Field fire near Salem contained; residents return home

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The Marion County Sheriff’s Office said a fast-moving fire was knocked down Tuesday afternoon after several residents were ordered to evacuate their homes. Six structures were threatened by the fire southeast of Salem, the Marion County Fire Facebook page said. Another 20 structures were indirectly threatened. Read more about this story here:

Destructive fires starting in fireplaces and wood stoves have gone up 40 percent in Oregon, according to information from the Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal.

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Local fire officials said there could be a number of possible reasons for the increase in fires, like more people trying to save money by burning wood to heat their homes. Today on KATU we are looking at what homeowners can do to make their homes safer, and the common mistakes that put them at…

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