- Associated Press - Thursday, June 4, 2015

BEND, Ore. (AP) - A logging company will soon salvage lumber that was burned in last year’s Baily Butte Fire at Ochoco National Forest.

The Bend Bulletin reports (http://bit.ly/1KOY729) the logging contract amounts to more than $323,000 and was awarded to international lumber provider Interfor in an expedited, emergency sale approved by the U.S. Forest Service.

Interfor U.S. operations manager Chuck Burley says the company plans to start logging as soon as possible, before the burned wood deteriorates and becomes less valuable.

Lookout Mountain District ranger Slater Turner says the company has been authorized to cut 2.9 million board feet of ponderosa pines, Douglas fir and white fir.

Replanting and restoration is also part of the project. The Baily Butte Fire was sparked by lightning on private land and burned over 7,700 acres.

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Information from: The Bulletin, http://www.bendbulletin.com

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