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Feds Examine Military Flares In Mysterious Oregon Wildfires

OPB/EarthFix | July 19, 2017 5 p.m. | Portland

Federal and state agencies are investigating a string of wildfires in southeastern Oregon with a potential link to military training exercises.

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Contract Dispute Grounds Converted 747 As Wildfires Rage Across The West

AP | July 16, 2017 10:14 a.m. | Boise

The company operating one of the largest firefighting tankers in the U.S. says the Forest Service is seeking to keep the plane grounded by limiting the amount of fire suppressant firefighting aircraft can carry.

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Wildfire Near Summer Lake, Oregon, Winding Down

OPB | July 13, 2017 9:44 a.m.

It's still one of 119 active wildfires burning 1.1 million acres across the country.

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The Biscuit Fire: 15 Years After Oregon's Largest Wildfire

OPB | July 12, 2017 2:03 p.m.

The Biscuit Fire burned nearly half a million acres in 2002, presenting complex questions about fire management.

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Officials: Fire Near Summer Lake, Oregon, Was Human Caused

OPB | July 11, 2017 11:20 a.m.

The fire is now 50 percent contained and is burning 5,833 acres — down from 6,200 as of Tuesday morning.

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Fire Burning Near Summer Lake In South-Central Oregon

AP | July 9, 2017 11:50 a.m.

A wildfire burning in near Summer Lake in south-central Oregon has destroyed a hunting cabin and an outbuilding.

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Fire Managers Declare Start To Fire Season In Oregon

OPB | June 7, 2017 1:37 p.m. | Bend, Oregon

This year’s heavy snowpack made for a slightly later-than-usual start to the season. 

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OSU Researchers: Native Sage, Grasses Handle Wildfires Better

Capital Press | June 3, 2017 2:04 p.m.

Plants native to the sagebrush steppe, such as sage and various bunchgrasses, recover from fire better than invasive or intrusive species such as cheatgrass and Western juniper.

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Protesting In Portland | 'Land On Fire'

OPB | May 31, 2017 noon

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler shares his thoughts after this weekend's deadly attack. We discuss protest vs. free speech in Portland. And nature writer Gary Ferguson explains the age of the "mega-wildfires."

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It's Raining, But Wildfire Season Is Starting In Washington

OPB | April 14, 2017 2:39 p.m. | Portland

Despite a wet and windy spring, wildfire season officially begins in Washington state Saturday. Oregon’s fire season typically begins next month, depending on weather conditions.

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Similar Deals, Identical Statements: Washington, Oregon Sign Wildfire Pact With Feds

Northwest News Network | March 15, 2017 4:09 p.m.

Washington state and the U.S. Forest Service signed an agreement last week that officials say will improve on-the-ground management of public lands susceptible to wildfire.

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Prescribed Burn Turns To Wildfire In Central Oregon

OPB | Oct. 1, 2016 10:54 a.m.

A controlled burn that jumped to private land in the Ochoco National Forest grew to more than 1,700 acres Saturday morning.

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Oregon Wildfires Down Significantly In 2016

Statesman Journal | Sept. 30, 2016 10:38 a.m.

Despite dry conditions and summer temperatures on the warm side, Oregon enjoyed one of the least damaging forest fire seasons of the past decade.

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Calm Weather Aids Crews In Fight Against Central Washington Wildfire

AP | Aug. 29, 2016 6:13 a.m. | Leavenworth, Washington

About 100 homes remain under evacuation orders, but so far no structures have been lost.

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Crews Report Progress On Southern Oregon Wildfire

AP | Aug. 25, 2016 10:56 a.m. | Shady Cove, Oregon

A wildfire burning in southern Oregon is smaller than originally thought and crews have established a fire line around the entire blaze.

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Audit: Large Wildfire Seasons Take Toll On Oregon's Forestry Department

Northwest News Network | Aug. 23, 2016 5:43 p.m.

Three consecutive summers of severe wildfires have stretched the resources of the state's agency dedicated to forest management.

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Inslee Blames Climate Change For Washington's Sudden And Severe Fires

Northwest News Network | Aug. 23, 2016 3:11 p.m.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee Tuesday declared a state of emergency in 20 counties mostly on the dry side of the Cascades, an area vulnerable to wildfire.

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Arson Suspected In At Least 14 Central Oregon Wildfires

AP | Aug. 22, 2016 7:58 a.m. | Bend, Oregon

State authorities and forest officials say at least 14 wildfires that have erupted across central Oregon over the last three weeks are believed to have been intentionally started.

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Wildfire Near Paisley Expands, Evacuation Notices Upped

AP | Aug. 18, 2016 7:40 a.m. | Portland

A wildfire burning northwest of Paisley, Oregon, has grown to 3 square miles and officials have told people to evacuate from nearby campgrounds and some homes in that area.

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Massive Wildfire Advances On Thousands Of California Homes

AP | Aug. 17, 2016 11:52 a.m.

California's newest huge wildfire advanced on thousands of homes Wednesday, feeding on drought-stricken vegetation and destroying an untold number of structures as it expanded to nearly 47 square miles.