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Nation's Largest Wildfire Burning More Than 180,000 Acres In Southwest Oregon

OPB | Sept. 8, 2017 1:20 p.m. | Portland

Before the Eagle Creek Fire in the Columbia River Gorge became the nation’s top priority wildfire, it was the Chetco Bar Fire near Brookings.

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'OPB Politics Now': The Politics Of Wildfire

OPB | Sept. 7, 2017 2:56 p.m.

OPB political reporters Jeff Mapes and Chris Lehman join host Julie Sabatier to talk about the political, financial, and environmental complexities of wildfire.

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Gov. Brown Presses Federal Authorities For Resources, As Oregon Wildfires Grow

OPB | Sept. 6, 2017 3:28 p.m. | Portland

“I talked with the federal authorities two weeks ago, asking for additional federal assistance, I was told point-blank ‘no’,” said Gov. Kate Brown. 

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Oregon Ducks Head To Coast To Escape Smoky Air

AP | Sept. 5, 2017 12:47 p.m.

The Oregon Ducks moved practice to the coast Tuesday to escape smoky air caused by wildfires across the state.

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Hot, Dry Conditions Keep Coastal Oregon Town In Wildfire Danger

OPB | Aug. 27, 2017 11:02 p.m. | Brookings, Oregon

Hot, dry weather Sunday on the southern Oregon coast made it difficult for fire crews to stop the spread of the Chetco Bar Fire.

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Whitewater Wildfire Closes Prime Solar Eclipse Viewing Area

Statesman Journal | Aug. 8, 2017 7:30 a.m. | Detroit, Oregon

Tens of thousands were expected to visit the Jefferson and Detroit Lake areas because they are smack in the middle of the eclipse's path of totality.

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2 Juveniles Charged In Tennessee Wildfires That Killed 14

AP | Dec. 7, 2016 12:32 p.m.

Authorities have charged two juveniles for starting an East Tennessee wildfire that killed 14 people and destroyed or damaged more than 1,700 buildings.

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Eastern Oregon Wildfire Spreads To Nearly 80 Square Miles

AP | Aug. 22, 2016 1:07 p.m.

A wildfire spotted Sunday afternoon in Eastern Oregon has quickly become the state's largest active blaze.

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Fire Investigation | US Attorney On Marijuana Prosecutions | DACA Now

OPB | Aug. 15, 2016 noon

What did two Oregonian reporters learn investigating the Canyon Creek complex fire, how does Oregon's US Attorney approach marijuana cases and how will young immigrants be affected by this summer's Supreme Court ruling?

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Fire Season Begins Thursday In Northwest Oregon

Statesman Journal | July 19, 2016 6:43 a.m. | Salem, Oregon

That means forest operators and the public must take special precautions in state, private and U.S. Bureau of Land Management forests protected by ODF in Tillamook, Washington, Yamhill, Clatsop, Columbia, and Multnomah counties, and part of Lincoln County.

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Firefighters Contain 21,000 Acre Fire In Eastern Oregon

OPB | June 6, 2016 11:50 a.m.

Firefighters have contained 21,000 acre fire about 40 miles southwest of Jordan Valley.

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Fire Scorches Nearly 5 Square Miles Near Umatilla

East Oregonian | May 24, 2016 8:21 a.m.

The Hermiston Fire Department says a wildfire has scorched nearly 5 square miles and burned several buildings at the former Umatilla Chemical Depot.

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REBROADCAST: At Home With Wildfires

OPB | Dec. 24, 2015 12:06 p.m.

We listen back to one of our favorite interviews from the "At Home" series with Carolyn and Ira Hodge, whose home burned down in the Canyon Creek fire this summer.

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Feds Trying New Strategy In Wildfire Rehab In SW Idaho

AP | Dec. 2, 2015 9:28 a.m.

The $67 million restoration effort underway in southwest Idaho and southeast Oregon is using seeds from surviving sagebrush within the 436-square-mile burned area.


The Wildfire Conundrum: Weeding The Forest

Jefferson Public Radio | Nov. 18, 2015 9:45 a.m. | Ashland, Oregon

In the first installment of  a three-part collaboration with the journalism non-profit InvestigateWest, JPR’s Liam Moriarty takes a look at the causes of  of wildfire and the rolethinning can play in making forests more resilient.

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Sheriff Lowers Evacuation Level For Eastern Oregon Fire

AP | Sept. 15, 2015 9:33 a.m.

The Baker County sheriff has reduced the evacuation level for those living in homes threatened by a wildfire northwest of Richland, Oregon.

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Congressman Walden Holds Fire Meeting In Canyon City

OPB | Sept. 15, 2015 7:31 a.m.

More than 50 people turned out Monday in Canyon City to discuss the Canyon Creek wildfire and forest policy.

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Evacuations Reduced, Horsethief Butte Fire Containment Grows

OPB | Sept. 14, 2015 12:31 p.m. | Vancouver, Washington

Fire officials say the Horsethief Butte Fire in south central Klickitat County has burned more than 8,000 acres and is 50 percent contained.

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Eastern Oregon Fire Approaches Homes, Conflagration Act Invoked

AP | Sept. 14, 2015 9:49 a.m.

The Dry Gulch fire is burning northwest of Richland. Crews are trying to stop it from spreading farther east into the rugged terrain near the Snake River.

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Canyon Creek 1 Of Worst Fires On Record In Oregon

OPB | Sept. 9, 2015 10:41 a.m.

Wildfire season isn't over yet in the Northwest, but Oregon officials say that this year is already one of the worst on record in terms of the number of homes consumed by fires.