Tag Archives: Deschutes County

Milli Fire 60 percent contained

Will continue to burn until ‘season ending event’. The Milli Fire, burning west of Sisters, is roughly 60 percent contained, and fire activity remains minimal, according to an update from the Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center. The fire may grow slightly beyond its current 24,079 acres, expanding to the west in the Three Sisters Wilderness. […]
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Editorial: FEMA finally gets it right

When is a disaster not a disaster? When the Federal Emergency Management Agency says it’s not. But after first declaring that winter storms were not a disaster in Oregon, FEMA has appropriately reversed itself. It decided Deschutes County was eligible for federal disaster help for this winter’s snowfall. Source: Editorial: FEMA finally gets it right;

Deschutes County third in vaccine refusals

State law not deterring exemptions. When Colleen Quinn’s doctor diagnosed her with whooping cough in 2014, he told the mother of two young boys flat-out: It happened because so many others in Los Angeles County, where she lived at the time, weren’t vaccinated against the disease. Source: Deschutes County third in vaccine refusal; State law […]
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Milli Fire update: All pre-evacuation notices lifted

Fire still growing, but ‘catcher’s mitt’ worked. (Update: Evacuation notices dropped in Sisters area, still in place for Nash Fire) Another big sign of progress Tuesday evening on the 22,500-acre Milli Fire: All evacuation levels have been dropped after nearly three weeks of warnings and alerts that began Aug. 16 with a Level 1 pre-evacuation […]
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Federal funding finally coming from winter storms

Deschutes County organizations seek FEMA money. More than seven months after winter storms ravaged Central Oregon, Deschutes County’s public organizations finally have a path toward getting their damages reimbursed by the federal government. On Tuesday, representatives from public agencies and private nonprofits in Deschutes County attended a meeting hosted by Oregon’s Office of Emergency Management. […]
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Milli Fire near Sisters up to 12,809 acres

Firefighters continued burnout efforts on the Milli Fire west of Sisters on Thursday morning. The fire, which has burned 12,809 acres as of Thursday morning, has been growing primarily to the west and toward the wilderness, according to an update from fire managers. The fire is expect to spread toward lava fields, where it will […]
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Milli Fire near Sisters burning westward

The Milli Fire near Sisters is burning westward in the Three Sisters Wilderness, fire managers said Tuesday morning. The fire, first detected almost two weeks ago, has grown to 11,236 acres. Residents of several neighborhoods on Sisters’ west side have been evacuated, while residents of the Tollgate subdivision and Black Butte Ranch have been advised […]
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Milli Fire threatening homes near Sisters

Evacuation warnings in place as fire grows to 4,565 acres. Households west of Sisters have been told to be ready to leave on a moment’s notice due to the Milli Fire, which grew overnight Wednesday from about 260 acres to 4,565 acres in the Three Sisters Wilderness. The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office ordered the potential […]
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Guest column: Bend 2030 ideas don’t address housing need for low-wage workers

The recommendations of the Bend 2030 housing workgroup, recently offered to Bend City Council, may not ease the housing burden of many of the people who live and work in Bend. The recommendations are designed to increase housing for those making $40,000 to $90,000 a year. But according to the Oregon Housing Alliance, the current […]
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Editorial: Don’t make piecemeal changes to tobacco regulation

If you smoke, you ought to quit. Tobacco can lead to a host of long-term health problems and heartache for your family. It is a preventable cause of death. But Deschutes County should not create a tobacco license requirement for businesses that want to sell tobacco. There is scant evidence that creating a license requirement […]
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