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This year’s fire season officially begins Friday, the Douglas Forest Protective Association announced Tuesday.

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The Sutherlin Fire Department will hire two more paid firefighters and bring on community college students as interns after the Sutherlin City Council voted to adopt a working group’s recommendations earlier this week.

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Fog filled the rooms at the Windmill Inn on Tuesday, lowering visibility to the point where firefighters couldn’t see their hands in front of them.

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GREEN— A fire in the Don’s Powder Coating shop on Speedway Road in the Green District could have turned into a major blaze if not for the quick response of Douglas County Fire District No. 2 firefighters.

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The combination of health insurance compensation, pension costs and Oregon’s tax revenue structure is posing a triple threat to fire departments, Tim Moore, president of the Oregon Fire Chiefs Association, told the Sutherlin Fire Services Working Group during its meeting Tuesday night.