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Wimer fire most stubborn of 65 still burning

Oregon Department of Forestry crews worked throughout the night to contain a dozen fires still burning from Sunday’s lightning storm, including a stubborn 100-acre blaze about 17 miles north of Rogue River. Six to seven fires are burning in the area, sending smoke visible from Wimer. The Oregon Department of Forestry said in its most […]
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Lightning-sparked fires stretch firefighting resources

The dozens of wildfires burning throughout Southern Oregon after Sunday’s lighting storm are stretching resources shared between state and federal agencies, and the state hasn’t reached extreme fire danger yet. The Oregon Department of Forestry has more than 1,000 personnel operating 25 engines, 10 dozers, 9 helicopters, 5 air tankers and 35 hand crews battling […]
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Soda Mountain, Pilot Rock closed due to Klamathon fire

Part of the Pacific Crest Trail and roads to Soda Mountain and Pilot Rock are among lands being closed to the public while firefighters continue work on the Klamathon fire burning at the California border. Source: Soda Mountain, Pilot Rock closed due to Klamathon fire | Mail Tribune

Forest policy looms over Oregon’s climate change debate

For as long as climate change legislation has been debated in Oregon, the forestry sector has been the ghost in the room. If policymakers bothered to discuss it at all, they assumed the sector was carbon neutral, with the greenhouse gas emissions from logging offset by replanting and forest growth each year. But no one […]
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Silver Creek fire doesn’t stop wedding party, park celebration

Firefighters containing a small blaze in a remote part of Silver Falls State Park have allowed scheduled park events to go on, including a wedding reception. The Silver Creek fire, which is now 25 percent contained, started off dramatically when it spurred the evacuation of 185 people Friday and spread to 27 acres, according to […]
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70 wildfires ignited by lightning in Southern Oregon, evacuations ordered

A lightning storm ignited between 50 and 70 wildfires in southwest Oregon on Sunday. Two of the largest fires brought major concern, including the evacuation of around 30 homes near Jacksonville, officials said. Source: 70 wildfires ignited by lightning in Southern Oregon, evacuations ordered

Fire danger level raised to high for all of rural Lane County

The state Department of Forestry has raised the fire danger level to high for all of rural Lane County, as well as southern Linn County and parts of northern Douglas County. Recent heat and dry weather prompted the change, Department of Forestry spokesman Dave Kjosness said Friday. Source: Fire danger level raised to high for […]
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Silver Falls State Park waterfalls open despite wildfire

The waterfall trails at Silver Falls State Park near Salem are still open as firefighters battle a 12-acre wildfire. However, many of the park’s backcountry trails — Camp Silver Creek youth camp, Howard Creek Horse Camp, the Ranches and 214 trailhead — are closed. Source: Silver Falls State Park waterfalls open despite wildfire – News […]
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Grass fire prompts ramp closures at Exit 30

Update: As of 8:52 p.m., the Exit 30 on- and off-ramps have been reopened, according to the Oregon Department of Transportation. North Medford freeway on- and off-ramps are expected to remain closed throughout the evening as crews battle a grass fire in the area, according to Oregon Department of Transportation and Medford Fire-Rescue. Source: Grass […]
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Northeastern Oregon fire season off to slow startn

East side of Blue Mountains cooler and damper than rest of region. State fire managers declared the beginning of Northeastern Oregon’s fire season at the end of June, but so far things are off to a slow start. Joe Hessel, ODF Northeastern Oregon forester, said fuel conditions and weather, including days of drying winds, helped […]
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