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Crews battling a complex of fires in southwest Oregon are facing heavy smoke, dry fuels, and windy conditions.

Oregon State Parks

A ban on campfires and open flames was announced by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department Thursday. This just a day after Governor Kate Brown declared a statewide wildfire emergency.

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The substation fire has grown to 36,000 acres south east of The Dalles. The Wasco County Sheriff’s Office confirmed the fatality Wednesday.

National Interagency Coordination Center

Fire season started a little early this year with small blazes in the region. Officials are preparing for what’s expected to be a busy summer.

Oregon Department of Forestry

As people head out for Memorial Day weekend camping trips, fire officials are urging caution. Ed Hiatt is the Northwest Oregon Inter-agency Fire Management staff officer in Springfield.

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Friday is the first day of autumn and with recent rains it looks like fire season is winding down.

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Tuesday afternoon, the Lane County Sheriff upgraded evacuation notices for areas in the upper McKenzie where several active wildfires are burning.

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Oregon is in the thick of active fire season. Nearly 2 dozen blazes are burning around the state. This weekend’s hot, dry conditions make it especially challenging for fire crews.

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Hot and dry conditions are adding to the challenges firefighters are facing as they battle 23 active wildfires throughout Oregon, and wildfire smoke has caused air quality conditions to deteriorate.

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Tens of Thousands of people have to change their plans for next Monday’s solar eclipse because wildfire has closed some prime viewing sites in the Willamette National Forest.

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With record high temperatures and low relative humidity, fire weather conditions have worsened in the Willamette National Forest. Officials have banned campfires effective Saturday.

Central Oregon Fire Info

Heavy rainfall this spring helped boost Oregon's snowpack after several years of below-average levels. Depending on how wet or dry the rest of the spring turns out, the 2017 wildfire season could be less dramatic than in previous years.

Willamette National Forest

A popular trail along the McKenzie River will remain closed through the weekend. Crews are fighting the 2 1/2 acre Blue Top Fire near Blue Pool and Tamolitch Falls east of Eugene.

The cost of fighting wildfires has skyrocketed over the last 30 years. At the same time, close to two million acres of wildland have been developed each year.

One of the major drivers of that expense is protecting lives and property in fire-prone areas where people didn’t used to live.

Conventional wisdom says forests in the West are overstocked and need to be thinned to prevent “catastrophic” wildfires. But some researchers say focusing on reducing fuels downplays a greater and growing driver of wildfire: climate change.

A century of putting out wildfires has left many forests in the West much thicker than in the past. That buildup of fire fuel is widely seen as a disaster waiting to happen. 

And an innovative project in Ashland, Oregon is an example of an increasingly popular approach to dealing with that fire risk.

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2015 was the worst wildfire season in Washington state history: three young firefighters died and hundreds of homes burned in blazes that sent more than a million acres up in smoke. For residents of central Washington, a recent gathering offered the first chance to come together and ponder the future in a region likely to see more and bigger fires in years to come.

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Autumn starts Wednesday, and cooler weather will soon follow. This is a relief for firefighters and residents whose homes were threatened during this summer's fire season.

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Fire crews battling the Canyon Creek Complex of fires near John Day say people who've been evacuated for weeks can now return to their homes. Evacuation alerts were lifted Wednesday but some residents must still be on notice to leave if conditions change.

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High winds are fueling the Canyon Creek Complex Fires this weekend.

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When Oregon families lose their homes in a wildfire, they can now get a little help rebuilding. The new “Wildfire Damage Housing Relief Account” is open.

Oregon Representative Mike McLane calls it a way to “fill the gap” when families lose everything to wildfire. He sponsored House Bill 3148 to provide assistance in the form of small grants to those eligible. 

The money, $5,000 per household, is meant to supplement insurance and personal savings. Eligibility is based on income levels.

NASA Earth Observatory

This weekend the South Willamette Valley was blanketed with smoke from wildfires, mainly burning east of the cascades. Monday, conditions have improved. It's because the wind changed direction.

For Fire Crews in Chelan, Safety A Top Priority

Aug 23, 2015
Courtney Flatt

Fire crews Saturday had an easier time with wind in North Central Washington. That meant it was easier to fight the Chelan Complex. It also meant the area had unhealthy levels of smoke. Correspondent Courtney Flatt talked with fire crews protecting homes on the Lake Chelan’s south shore.

Smoke rises from a smoldering fire a few feet away from a mobile home on Lake Chelan. Helicopters continuously dip water from the lake and dump it on hot spots. The area is still under a mandatory evacuation order. The fire, called First Creek, is two percent contained.

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The Canyon Creek Complex fire is still growing, but shelters are closing up and people are heading home after days away.

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Gusty winds and heat are challenging crews fighting fires in the northwest. More than 327-thousand acres are burning in Oregon. And nearly 2-thousand homes are threatened. The Canyon Creek Complex Fire near John Day in eastern Oregon has destroyed 36 homes.

Oregon Governor Brown Tours Canyon Creek Fire

Aug 20, 2015
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Oregon Governor Kate Brown toured the Canyon Creek Complex Fire near John Day Wednesday. The fire continues to grow and is currently the number one fire priority in the nation.

Governor Brown viewed the wreckage of some of the 36 homes that were consumed by the fire last week.

BROWN: "I think Oregonians are willing to step up to the plate and assist this community. But I have to say I know the residents of Grant County they are tough and resilient. They're going to survive and rebuild.  

OPB

Three firefighters have been killed, and four others were injured this afternoon battling a wildfire in North Central Washington.

Sgt. Tianna Waite, 41 Infantry Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs.

With wildfires raging across the state, Governor Kate Brown has activated the Oregon National Guard to assist in firefighting efforts.

The Oregon National Guard has already been deployed this summer to help fight wildfires, using four Blackhawk helicopters equipped with 500 gallon water buckets. Now Governor Brown is calling in more troops as the fires spread and resources are maxed out across the west. About 125 soldiers will begin training this week in Salem. 

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With resources stretched thin across the northwest, fire officials are asking the public to help prevent new fires. Triple-digit temperatures and tinder dry conditions mean just a spark could lead to a major wildfire.

Kurt Jenson

It's been 20 years since environmental activists set up a blockade on a forest service road near Oakridge to prevent logging in the Warner Creek watershed in the Willamette National Forest.

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