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The Mehl Creek Fire, burning southwest of Elkton, is about 50 percent contained as of Wednesday morning.

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A Douglas County Health Official says COVID-19 vaccination efforts seem to be going well, but he warns against complacency.

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Public Health departments in Lane and Douglas counties each announced Tuesday the discovery of COVID-19 variants.


The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is still trying to figure out how to restore production at the Rock Creek Hatchery, which was destroyed by a wildfire last September.



On Thursday, Douglas County reported the highest single-day new COVID-19 case count since the beginning of the pandemic. 

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A new affordable housing development in Roseburg is set to open in April this year, and will begin accepting applications for eligible renters on Jan. 15

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The South Umpqua School District announced Tuesday that all schools will begin in-person instruction after the winter break.

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The Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team reports their highest weekly case count since the pandemic. Officials have already seen 106 new cases, with two days still left in the week.

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Over the weekend and Monday, Douglas County Public Health has seen 61 new cases of COVID-19. This spike puts the county over the 500-mark for residents in isolation and quarantine.

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High COVID-19 case numbers reported over the weekend pushed Oregon to 50,448 cases of the virus. Oregon Health officials reported 874 new coronavirus cases Sunday. That's the second-highest daily total of the pandemic following a record 988 cases reported on Saturday.

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Over the weekend, there were 81 new COVID-19 cases in Lane County. Meanwhile, neighboring Douglas County confirmed three new deaths from the disease.

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A Douglas County Public Health Official declared a local health emergency, this week, for hazardous waste left on properties from the Archie Creek Fire. 

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Fire managers on the Archie Creek fire in Douglas County say activity picked up Wednesday evening along the southeastern portion of the fire, resulting in increased evacuation orders. 

"No-Contact" STI Testing Launched in Roseburg

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The HIV Alliance launched a “no-contact” STI testing program Monday in Roseburg as a response to the coronavirus pandemic. The organization’s goal is to continue providing sexual health services while protecting its clients and staff.

Douglas County Only Beginning to See Seasonal Fires

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This past week, the Douglas Forest Protective Association fought ten wildfires ranging from one to 25 acres. This shortly follows Douglas County’s raised fire danger level for both the public and industrial workers.

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Douglas County’s Forest Protective Association raised the county’s fire danger level to “moderate” on Monday.

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Most Oregon counties have applied to enter Phase Two of Gov. Kate Brown’s re-opening plan.

A Roseburg family restaurant is facing a roughly $14,000 fine for re-opening its dine-in service, against Governor Kate Brown’s stay-home directive.

A bond to improve safety and replace and expand Roseburg Public Schools was voted down Tuesday. Results were close, with about 48 percent voting for the measure. 

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29 of Oregon's 36 counties have received approval by Gov. Kate Brown to begin a Phase One reopening. 

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Douglas County has submitted its application to reopen to Oregon Governor Kate Brown.

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Douglas County is one of the first counties in Oregon to trial COVID-19 drive-thru testing. Physicians were stationed at the county fairgrounds parking lot, on Monday in Roseburg. They sampled 17 pre-registered patients during the pilot run.


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Douglas County Public Health network has issued an alert for illicit opioid overdoses.  The action is based on a sharp spike in fatal and non-fatal overdoses occurring within recent days.

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Voters in Douglas County’s Tenmile Fire District will decide Tuesday whether to increase property taxes over five years to hire a full-time Fire Chief. The area has been served entirely by volunteers. KLCC’s Karen Richards has details.


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The American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon was in Federal Court in Eugene Wednesday, over the inhumane treatment of Roseburg woman while she was in the Douglas County Jail. The lawsuit alleges a medical contractor withheld medication as a form of punishment. 

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The late February snowstorm that hit the region with a foot and a half of snow now has an official price tag: over $17 million in damages to Lane County.

Air quality in the Eugene-Springfield area, central Douglas County and Oakridge is now considered "unhealthy for sensitive groups."

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For the first time in about a year and a half, Roseburg is getting a public library again. A soft opening is scheduled for sometime in the next couple of weeks.


Earlier this week, the Oregon Department of Forestry raised the fire danger level back up to blue or “moderate” in Lane County and parts of northern Douglas County. But, overall, it’s been pretty safe in the district this season.

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It seemed like fall in the Southern Willamette Valley – cooler mornings, overcast skies and even rain.