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Cause of 25 acre wildfire south of Florence under investigation

Hemlock Fire
Hemlock Fire
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FLORENCE, Ore. - The cause of a 25-acre fire that threatened homes south of Florence is under investigation, the Oregon Department of Forestry said.

The Hemlock Fire broke out Friday north of Honeyman State Park.

No structures were damaged, but the fire put some homes in peril, state forestry said.

Firefighters from state forestry got help from Coos Forest Protective Association, Siuslaw Valley Fire, the U.S. Forest Service and inmates from Shutter Creek Correctional Institute trained as wildland firefighters.

So far in 2017, 57 fires have burned just over 60 acres on the 16 million acres protected by state forestry.

"Apart from six fires started by lightning," state forestry officials said in a statement, "all the fires have been human caused."

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The cause of the Hemlock Fire remains under investigation.

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