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Recent lightning storms have kept fire officials busy throughout the region.

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Following Thursday's storms, the Willamette National Forest reports about 40 new lightning-caused fires, all 1 acre or less.

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Douglas County residents heard from fire officials battling the Milepost 97 fire at a community meeting at Glendale High School on Sunday night. Attendees were briefed on the progress that’s been made as well as the next plan of attack to bring the more than 11-thousand-acre blaze under control.

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A fire that broke out Wednesday night one mile southeast of Canyonville has grown to approximately 80 acres.

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Wednesday’s lightning storm sparked several fires in Douglas County. 

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A fast moving fire burned two acres of grass northeast of Oakland Tuesday afternoon.

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Tuesday marked the official start of the Douglas Forest Protective Association’s fire season.  Backyard debris burning is now banned within the 1.6 million acres in Douglas County covered by the DFPA.  

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Officials with the Douglas Forest Protective Association have determined the cause of several fires that began on Friday evening along Interstate 5 at milepost 163 near Curtin was a failed catalytic converter from a passing vehicle. The six fires burned a combined total of approximately 97 acres.

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Multiple fire agencies responded to several fires along I-5 near Curtin on Friday evening. Six fires were reported to be burning between milepost 162 and milepost 165 northbound at around 6:00pm Friday.

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Beginning Friday, the Umpqua National Forest -and lands under the Douglas Forest Protective Association- will be at Industrial Fire Precaution Level IV.  KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.  

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Fire restrictions are in effect beginning today on more than a million acres in Douglas County.  KLCC’s Brian Bull reports. 

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There have been several recent fires on agricultural and grassland in and around the city of Corvallis. These tend to be human-caused.

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Firefighters continue to battle two large wildfires in Douglas County. The Cable Crossing fire is located just east of Glide. It's currently burning at more than 1,000 acres. Tom Fields is a Public Information Officer for The Department of Forestry. He says the hot dry weather helped to fuel the fire Thursday and Friday.

Fields: "Also, it's very tough, steep terrain. It's tough to put firefighters down in those positions. So, some of our tactics that we will be using is to do some control burnout operations with established containment lines."

Evacuations Ordered For Residents In The Cow Creek Area

Jul 31, 2015
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A 6,000 acre wildfire 10 miles from Canyonville has initiated level 3 evacuations for residents near the upper Cow Creek area. Level 3 is a mandatory warning to leave. The Stouts Fire was spotted early Thursday afternoon. Drought conditions and temperatures hovering around 100 degrees caused the blaze to grow quickly.

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With triple digit temperatures, tinder dry forests, and the threat of lightning storms in the next few days, officials are urging the public to be extra careful to prevent human-caused fires.

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The federal government is warning this could be a dangerous and costly wildfire season in the west, due in part to drought and climate change.

The Douglas Forest Protective Association oversees 1.6-million acres of land in Douglas County. Fire Prevention Specialist Kyle Reed says their 10-year average is about 90 fires a year. He says they're already one-third of the way there.