During this past summer’s high fire season, a fire burned near Lane’s main campus off Eldon Schafer Drive on July 31, 2015. Lane Public Safety was the first responder on the scene near Oak Hill School. The Oregon Department of Forestry was called in to battle the fire. Spots in the surrounding forest to the south also caught fire, burning a total of eight acres. After an official investigation to identify the cause, ODF Deputy Fire Marshal Kristina Deschaine said the cause could not be determined. Recently, the Torch spotted new growth in the area damaged by the burn. The Torch will be documenting the regrowth throughout the year.

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