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Multiple wildfires are burning across the state. Here's a look at some recent updates on size, containment, closures, evacuations, and firefighters efforts to contain the fires.

Benton County

Large spikes in COVID-19 cases in Benton County have prompted public health action. Starting Tuesday, masks are required when working at or visiting indoor county-run facilities.

Rachael McDonald

The Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals, or LUBA, has issued a stay to Eugene Water & Electric’s water storage project in South Eugene.


Peacehealth Tuesday announced it will require all staff at its hospitals and medical clinics in Oregon, Washington, and Alaska to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by August 31st. 

Office of Emergency Management

UPDATED 8/3/21 at 9:45 a.m.: The Douglas County Sheriff's Office has updated their evacuation notices for areas around the Wildcat Fire east of Azalea.

The following homes are now under a Level 3 “GO!” Evacuation Notice

Willamette National Forest

An emergency closure has been issued for areas around the Middle Fork Complex of fires north of Oakridge on the Willamette National Forest.

Lane Regional Air Protection Agency

An air quality advisory is in effect for parts of Lane County for the next two days. Smoke from the Middle Fork Complex Fire is expected to make its way to the Oakridge and Westfir area.

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Hi all, Lane County Extension Master Gardener John Fischer here with KLCC's Good Gardening.

Middle Fork Complex Facebook

Level 3 evacuations remain in place in areas near one of the fires that make up the Middle Fork Complex east of Lowell.

Middle Fork Complex Facebook

Level 3 -Go Now!- evacuation orders were issued Saturday in the area of the Middle Fork Complex of fires east of Lowell on the Willamette National Forest.

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A new mural outside Memos Mexican Restaurant in Springfield is nearing completion. The art celebrates the city’s Latinx community and was inspired by personal stories.

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Forest officials are urging outdoor recreationists to abide by all fire restrictions, or they may find lots of their favorite areas in Oregon off-limits.

Brian Bull / KLCC

A plan for bolstering local news was recently introduced by several U.S. Senators, including Oregon Democrat Ron Wyden. 

Elizabeth Gabriel / KLCC News

People in need of respite from heat can get a free ride to a cooling center on any LTD bus route. On July 30 and 31st starting at 1 p.m. riders can tell drivers they’re traveling to a cooling center and their fee will be waived. 

Karen Richards

Residents in Oakridge and the Cascades are being warned of potentially harmful air from regional wildfires.

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Elderly Oregonians with Medicare Advantage health plans should have insurers provide them with air conditioners and filtration units.  That from U.S. Senator Ron Wyden.

Brian Bull / KLCC

A suspected arsonist is in custody, after a string of fires in Eugene’s downtown area today.


Rachael McDonald

A plan to build new water storage in south Eugene has some residents upset. They object to tree removal and construction at a site that has been an urban forest for more than 60 years. But, Eugene Water & Electric says the property was always meant for water storage. 


Jen Wright

Advocates called for federal support and investments in electric transportation at a press conference at Lane Transit District in Glenwood Thursday.


Tiffany Eckert

In response to the Delta variant’s rampant spread, the Oregon Health Authority this week recommended universal mask use in public, indoor settings.

Chris Lehman / KLCC

A group of activists pitched their tents in front of Corvallis City Hall Thursday to protest city policies regarding unhoused people.




The Jack Fire east of Roseburg is 61% contained, but officials have declared a red flag warning due to extreme temperatures and low humidity.

Dan Stark

The extreme heat in the Pacific Northwest last month caused an uncommon problem for trees. It’s called sun scorch. Basically a sunburn for trees.


Camp Noah

Children impacted by disasters like the Holiday Farm Fire are heading to summer camp on Monday, with a free relief and resilience program organized by Lane County.

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With triple-digit highs expected across Oregon through Saturday, memories of last month’s deadly heat dome are prompting senior advocates to be vigilant.

Karen Richards

With the extreme heat forecast in our region Thursday through Saturday, counties and cities have designated areas where the public can cool off. Here is a list for our listeners. It will be updated as we get more information.

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Voters in Newport will decide this fall whether to create a sales tax on restaurant food, as well as an increase in the city’s gas tax.


Oregon Office Of State Fire Marshal

A U.S. House Committee advanced a bill Wednesday designed to streamline the relief application process for victims of disasters.


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This is Sandy Brown Jensen, and you’re listening to Viz City, KLCC’s arts review program. This is the time to put the upcoming August 6th First Friday Artwalk on your calendar. We went so long without them that some of us don’t realize they are back and need people to come out and enjoy them.