Category Archives: Douglas County News-Review

Horse Prairie Fire near Riddle sits 90 percent contained as of Sept. 15

An Incident Management Team with the Oregon Department of Forestry returned the responsibility of managing the Horse Prairie Fire to the Douglas Forest Protective Association on Friday. The blaze that started Aug. 26 about 12 miles west of Riddle is reported to have burned 16,436 acres as of Friday and is now 90 percent contained. […]
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Forest Service spends record $2B battling forest fires

The Forest Service has spent more than $2 billion battling forest fires around the country — a record as wildfires blacken the American West in one of the of the nation’s worst fire seasons. Wildfires have ravaged the West this summer with 64 large fires burning across 10 states as of Thursday, including 21 fires in […]
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Opinion: UCC report offers answers and a path forward to healing

At long last, nearly two years after the tragedy that struck Umpqua Community College on Oct. 1, 2015, the police released their investigation records about the incident. For some, the records help provide some answers to the lingering questions about why this horrible event happened. For them, perhaps, it offers a sense of closure. For […]
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ODOT to add fence on bridge where two women died in January

The Oregon Department of Transportation is putting a chain link fence along the Interstate 5 bridge near Myrtle Creek where two women climbed over the barrier and fell to their death earlier this year. The 2-foot-tall fence will be placed on the inside barrier of both northbound and southbound lanes and is expected to be […]
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Kid Governor program opens statewide

In conjunction with the first day of school, Secretary of State Dennis Richardson announced the start of a new civics program that focuses on Oregon’s fifth-graders. Kid Governor is a statewide, in-school civics program designed by the Connecticut Public Affairs Network. The Network has been working with the office of Oregon’s Secretary of State to […]
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Parent survey results show why K-12 students choose to attend online school

Thousands of students from across the state headed back-to-school Tuesday without boarding a yellow bus, searching the hallways to find a locker or rushing to class when the bell rings. The start of the 2017-18 school year marks the 13th year ORCA has been serving students across the state. Last year more than 4,000 students […]
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Elementary students can get free school supplies through statewide college readiness program

Every elementary school in the state can order free school supplies as the Oregon College Savings Plan’s school-based outreach program goes statewide to share the benefits of saving for college early on with young families. As part of the Be College Ready program, elementary school teachers and staff can order free homework folders, pencils and bookmarks […]
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A fire camp is almost a mini city

“It’s like a mini city.” That was how Rachele Oman described the fire camp that lies on a two-tiered field on the east side of Glide. Oman, a public information officer for the Umpqua North Fire Complex that is burning in the North Umpqua drainage further east of Glide, provided a tour of the camp […]
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ODOT suspends motor carrier regulations during wildfire

Oregon Department of Transportation has suspended motor carrier regulations during the wildfires in Oregon to make it easier for private carriers and for-hire vehicles to help with firefighting operations. Katie Jones of Mark Jones Trucking and Boulder Creek Timber helped spur the change after fellow logging companies were given fines while trying to help suppress […]
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Logging companies lose resources in Horse Prairie Fire

Private and federal landowners are losing timber and equipment as the Horse Prairie fire burns thousands of acres near Camas Valley. “For us it’s the financial impact directly tied to the loss of resources on our property,” said Todd Payne, CEO of Seneca Jones Timber Company. As of Friday afternoon, he said the logging company […]
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