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      Crews burn prairie in West Eugene

      EUGENE, Ore. - Neighbors and drivers, beware: fire crews plan to burn 200 acres in West Eugene Tuesday morning, the Eugene-Springfield Fire Department said.

      The controlled burn for ecological restoration is scheduled to start around 10 a.m., said Lance Lighty, a fire department battalion chief.

      Prescribed fires can encourage native plants to grow - or discourage wildfires from burning out of control.

      He encouraged drivers to avoid or use extreme caution in the Royal Avenue and Greenhill Road in West Eugene.

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