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ODOT Expects I-84 Eastbound Lanes To Re-Open Saturday

OPB | Sept. 22, 2017 5:13 p.m. | Portland

The Oregon Department of Transportation says the eastbound lanes of Interstate 84 will likely re-open Saturday.

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I-84 Eastbound Could Be Open Again By Sunday Night

OPB | Sept. 21, 2017 4:22 p.m. | Portland

The eastbound lanes of Interstate 84 along the Columbia River Gorge could be open as early as Sunday evening or Monday morning.

local | Environment | News | Forestry

Geologists Sound Alarm Over Future Landslides In Columbia River Gorge

Northwest News Network | Sept. 21, 2017 7:30 a.m.

Geologists for the state of Oregon are warning of the risk of major landslides in parts of the Columbia River Gorge that were hit by wildfires this year.

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ODOT Gets $1 Million To Clean Up Wildfire Damage

Pamplin Media Group | Sept. 20, 2017 8:42 a.m.

Oregon's Department of Transportation will get a $1 million grant to clean up roads and highways damaged or threatened by the summer's wildfires.

local | Environment | News

Rain, Snow Begin The End Of Several Oregon Wildfires

Statesman Journal | Sept. 19, 2017 3:10 p.m.

As heavy rain turned to snow in Oregon’s high elevations Tuesday, fire crews prepared to wind down operations on multiple wildfires across the state.

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Rain Brings Relief For Oregon Wildfires, But Also New Risks

OPB | Sept. 18, 2017 11:03 a.m.

With cooler temperatures and rain hitting the Northwest, some firefighters are now headed home. 

local | Environment | News | Northwest Wildfires 2017

Rainfall Could Oust Eagle Creek Fire — And Start Landslides

OPB | Sept. 16, 2017 2:01 p.m. | Portland

While fire crews are anticipating significant rainfall beginning Saturday evening to help with suppression efforts, they’re concerned for landslides.

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Oregon Lawmakers Take Up Health Authority Debacle Next Week

OPB | Sept. 15, 2017 3:27 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

Oregon lawmakers are returning to the Capitol for a three-day flurry of meetings. It’s the first round of Legislative Days since the 2017 session adjourned July 7.

local | Environment | News | Northwest Wildfires 2017

Some Evacuations Lifted As Progress Made On Chetco Bar Fire

Statesman Journal | Sept. 15, 2017 1:20 p.m.

Officials lifted all level 3 evacuation levels in the Brookings and Illinois River Road area, allowing more than 4,000 people displaced to return home.

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Portland Area Rain Is Making A Comeback Starting Sunday

OPB | Sept. 15, 2017 9:57 a.m. | Portland

The region could see as much as an inch of rain between Sunday and Tuesday.

local | News | Northwest Wildfires 2017

Interstate 84 Westbound Lanes Re-Open Amid Eagle Creek Fire

OPB | Sept. 14, 2017 6:34 p.m. | Portland

After prolonged closures from the Eagle Creek Fire, the westbound lanes of Interstate 84 opened Thursday evening between Hood River and Troutdale.

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Are Environmentalists To Blame For All These Fires?

Jefferson Public Radio | Sept. 14, 2017 5:15 p.m. | Ashland, Oregon

Conservatives are arguing that if loggers had been allowed to cut more trees, we wouldn’t be having all these fires. But scientists say it's not that simple.

local | Environment | News | Northwest Wildfires 2017

Forest Service Spends Record $2 Billion Fighting 2017 Wildfires

AP | Sept. 14, 2017 5:03 p.m. | Washington

The Forest Service has spent more than $2 billion battling forest fires around the country — a new record as wildfires blacken the American West in one of the nation's worst fire seasons.

local | Environment | News | Northwest Wildfires 2017

Breitenbush Hot Springs Ordered To Evacuate As Wildfires Near

Statesman Journal | Sept. 14, 2017 2:36 p.m.

The Marion County Sheriff's Office issued the highest level evacuation order for the Breitenbush Community, north of Detroit, on Thursday afternoon. 

local | News | Northwest Wildfires 2017

Winter Rains Could Lead To More I-84 Closures After Eagle Creek Fire

OPB | Sept. 14, 2017 10:14 a.m. | Troutdale, Oregon

ODOT officials said Thursday that woes about the closure of Interstate 84 could continue well into this winter.

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Why Are Field Burns Still Allowed During Oregon Wildfire Season?

Statesman Journal | Sept. 14, 2017 10:09 a.m.

While the nation's top priority fire blazes in the Columbia River Gorge, open field burning rolls on as usual in the Willamette Valley.

local | Education | News | Northwest Wildfires 2017

Hood River County Works To Keep Kids In School During Wildfire

OPB | Sept. 13, 2017 2:59 p.m.

Hood River County teachers and administrators have been working to keep students in school as firefighters attempt to contain the Eagle Creek Fire.

Health | News | Northwest Wildfires 2017

Unhealthy Air Quality From Wildfires Persists Across Much Of Oregon

OPB | Sept. 13, 2017 2:54 p.m. | Portland

Many Oregonians have been living in smoky conditions from wildfires for weeks.

local | News | Northwest Wildfires 2017

Some Residents Allowed To Return Home During Eagle Creek Fire

OPB | Sept. 13, 2017 1:07 p.m. | Portland

Fire containment numbers have increased to 13 percent as about 100 families are allowed to return home.