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Eugene City Councilors will consider a ban on the use, and eventual sale of fireworks in parts of the city to mitigate wildfire risk in the South Hills.

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Mushroom hunting is a year-round activity for many Oregonians, with Black Morrels and Spring King Boletes  currently in season.

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The wildfire outlook for central Oregon and central Washington is generally low-risk for now.  But the fire danger will steadily escalate in the months ahead.

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Oregon residents are advised to not only have evacuation plans and supplies ready in case they have to flee wildfires, but also to consider giving a lift to those who may not have the same means of escape.

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While last year’s wildfire season was unprecedented in Oregon, residents are warned that this newfound intensity is not going away. 

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Emergency evacuation plans are being developed for six specific sites in Lane County, and officials are asking for public input.

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Climate change remains a divisive issue in politics, even with the majority of scientific research establishing the role of greenhouse gas emissions in global warming.

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Early Native Americans did controlled burns to eliminate excess fuel or “slash” ahead of the hotter, drier periods.  Now some researchers want that practice to be revisited as a way to offset hotter and more intense wildfire seasons.

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The 2020 wildfire season has seen some of the worst property destruction in Oregon’s history.  Wildfire experts warn communities need to be prepared for more like this one.

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Rainy, cooler weather helped firefighters improve containment of the Holiday Farm Fire this weekend, which has consumed over 173,000 acres since Labor Day. It’s currently 14 percent contained, compared to 10 percent Friday.

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A ban goes into effect tomorrow (August 29, 12:00am) for campfires outside designated campgrounds in the Willamette National Forest.  

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Fire crews are waging a two-front battle this year: besides the expected slew of wildfires across the Pacific Northwest, they’ll also be keeping COVID-19 at bay, which will prove challenging. As part of our monthly series on Oregon’s resilience and natural resources, this story looks at the pandemic’s effects on seasonal wildfire operations.

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New rules could mean more prescribed burning in Oregon this fall.  Prescribed burns are fires set on purpose to reduce the buildup of potential wildfire fuel. The idea is that a little burning during cooler, wetter months can reduce the chance of a catastrophic, out-of-control blaze in the summer.

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Lane County’s air quality gets a dismal grade in the latest annual report by the American Lung Association. As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, wildfires are to blame.

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It was a particularly snowy and wet winter this year.  But a fire official says that doesn’t mean it’ll alleviate the summer’s potential for wildfires.

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Climate change has created hotter and drier conditions, which in turn have made wildfires larger and more intense. As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, a new forest plan addresses those factors.

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The “Camp Fire” in northern California has just destroyed the town of Paradise.  The state is experiencing six major wildfires, currently.

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Cooling temperatures and increased precipitation means prescribed burns will soon be allowed again throughout Douglas County. KLCC’s Brian Bull reports this can help to prevent wildfires.

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Forest officials say nationwide, at least 19 incidents involving drones and fire-fighting aircraft have happened this year. And they’re rebuking suggestions fire crews simply shoot them down.

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With air quality worsening throughout the week, Lane County officials are urging people to be aware of the health effects of breathing smoky air. As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, there are even “clean air spaces” being made available.

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Oregon’s Office of Emergency Management is collaborating with other state agencies to further raise fire prevention awareness.  KLCC’s Brian Bull reports the goal is to reduce human-caused fires.

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As fire fighting season continues, forest and aviation officials are calling on drone operators to keep their unmanned aerial systems grounded. KLCC’s Brian Bull has more.

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Wildfires are hard to predict. But officials are preparing for what might be a busy fire season in Oregon. This Saturday, some local homeowners are doing their part to make their homes more resistant when fires do happen. KLCC’s Deonna Anderson has more.

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U.S. Army soldiers from Joint Base Lewis-McChord (in Washington State) are helping fight fires in southern Oregon. 200 soldiers have been deployed to the Umpqua North Complex of Fires, which has burned nearly 40-thousand acres east of Roseburg.

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UPDATED 8:30pm Tuesday:

The Lane County Sheriff's Office has upgraded the evacuation levels for the Upper McKenzie Valley.

Level 3 "GO" Evacuate Now: East of the junction of Hwy 242 and Hwy 126, including Belknap Hot Springs, Camp Yale and campgrounds in the area of Hwy 242 and Clearlake Cutoff Rd., north to Deer Creek. Level 3 means leave now, do not wait. The recommended route is Hwy 126 WEST.

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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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50 miles east of Roseburg, the Umpqua North Complex has burned about 21,000 acres.  It’s a large and difficult series of fires for crews to battle.  

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Southwest of Roseburg, crews continue to fight the Horse Prairie Fire, which has burned more than 2,500 acres.  This afternoon, the Douglas County Sheriff issued a Level 3 "GO" evacuation notice for residents in the Riddle community near Lower Cow Creek. KLCC’s Brian Bull has more.

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Roughly 20 wildfires are burning across Oregon, including the Chetco Bar Fire near Brookings, which has destroyed more than 117,000 acres.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, the fire remains uncontained.  

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Low-income Oregonians who’ve had their home destroyed by wildfires might be able to get financial help.  KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.  

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