Increasing temperatures have led the Oregon Health Authority to notify citizens about cyanobacterial blooms in lakes, reservoirs, and rivers. Exposure to blooms can give people symptoms resembling a stomach flu and can kill smaller animals.
Unseasonably hot temperatures and low humidity have led the Lane Fire Defense Board to temporarily ban outdoor fire activities. Beginning this Thursday in Lane County, the spring outdoor burning season will be suspended for one week.
Lane County Public Works will open new disposal sites for debris that fell during February’s snowstorm. For the next three Saturdays, trees, limbs, and branches will be accepted in Rattlesnake, Marcola, and Oakridge.
A 60 year-old camp’s main lodge burned down last Friday near Fern Ridge Lake. Camp Lutherwood, which hosts schools and youth groups year round, is working hard to rebuild after a tragic electrical fire.