Tag Archives: Morrow County

Morrow County launching housing analysis

A report is expected to be ready in March 2019. Morrow County is launching a major housing analysis and buildable lands survey in September. The county and its five cities, along with consultants Angelo Planning Group and Johnson Economics, are partnering for the study. County planning director Carla McLane said everyone knows anecdotally that the […]
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Wilson Prairie Fire grows, community meeting planned

A community meeting in Heppner has been scheduled for 5 p.m. on Friday. A community meeting has been scheduled in Heppner to update the public about the Wilson Prairie Fire after it grew to 437 acres Thursday morning. The fire is burning through timber and grass on private land and the Umatilla National Forest in […]
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Health advisory at Willow Creek Reservoir

Toxins from algae bloom found in Morrow County reservoir. Residents are advised to avoid Willow Creek Reservoir in Morrow County as the water has been found to have high levels of toxins harmful to humans and animals. The Oregon Health Authority has issued a recreational health advisory for the reservoir, just east of Heppner, stating […]
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Wilson Prairie Fire reaches 700 acres in Morrow County

North portion held by firelines, but south section grew overnight. More resources arrived Wednesday to take on the Wilson Prairie Fire in Morrow and Grant counties. Christie Shaw, spokesperson with the Oregon Department of Forestry, said the burn stands at 700 acres. The fire on Tuesday jumped the containment line to the south and pushed […]
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Firefighters make progress on Wilson Prairie Fire

Work continues on firelines in southwest Morrow County. Firefighters made significant progress overnight building fireline around the Wilson Prairie Fire, located in the southwest corner of Morrow County, according to an Oregon Department of Forestry press release. The fire originated on lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) and spread onto the Umatilla […]
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Wilson Prairie Fire burns 120 acres in Morrow County

Firefighters worked overnight on to corner a wildland blaze in the southwest corner of Morrow County in the Off-Highway Vehicle Park. The Wilson Prairie Fire was reported Monday on Oregon Department of Forestry land and spread to 120 acres and into the nearby Umatilla National Forest. Source: Wilson Prairie Fire burns 120 acres in Morrow […]
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Fire near Heppner burns thousands of acres

A grass fire that started southeast of Heppner on Tuesday spread between 15,000 and 20,000 acres, and required assistance from crews as far as Pilot Rock and Pendleton, as well as local ranchers and farmers. The fire was accidentally started on Hinton Creek by a rancher using some equipment on his property, said Melissa Ross […]
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Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever found in Morrow County

Many disease-carrying ticks found in Eastern Oregon. One case of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, a disease spread by ticks, has been diagnosed in Morrow County. Source: Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever found in Morrow County – Local News – East Oregonian

Umatilla, Morrow counties prepare plans for railroad emergencies

Morrow, Umatilla and Polk counties are the first in Oregon to complete local emergency response plans for crashes and accidents of trains hauling hazardous materials. The Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal coordinates emergency response planning for oil or hazardous materials spills or releases during rail transport. The state agency reported it recently worked with […]
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Community organizations help children overcome the ‘opportunity gap’

In Umatilla and Morrow counties less than 50 percent of children who grew up in poverty escape it as adults. If getting to the middle class was a track event, some children were born on the finish line and some have a full 300-meter hurdle race ahead of them. In 23 of Oregon’s 36 counties […]
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