Fire officials said Sunday they are investigating whether a field mowing operation on Friday, Sept. 9, caused the fire that forced the evacuation of more than 100 people.
Crews worked Sunday to chase down hot spots on the Vitae Springs Fire as the evacuation order was lifted at noon and residents could return.
No injuries were reported and no structures were lost in a fire that spread over about 130 acres.
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Photographer Ron Cooper and his wife Penny moved to Salem in 1969 to take a job as photographer at the Oregon Statesman (later the Statesman Journal). Their three children, Monica, Kimberly, and Christopher, attended and graduated from Salem public schools. Cooper retired from the Statesman Journal in 2001 but, has continued his passion for photography in many ways, including as a photographer for the Salem Reporter.