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Evacuation Levels Reduced For Vitae Springs Fire

(Salem, OR) -- All evacuation levels for the Vitae Springs Fire south of Salem have been reduced to Level 1: Be Ready. The fire started Friday afternoon and burned 165 acres. A total of 60 firefighters remain on the scene putting out hot spots and mopping up. The cooler weather will help. Fire officials expect to see the fire continue to smolder and produce smoke until heavy rains arrive this fall. No one was hurt and no structures were lost. The Salem Fire Department is developing a plan to patrol the area for flare-ups.

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