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Smith Rock hiker rescued after 40-foot fall

A California woman on her first hike at Smith Rock went off trail Sunday and was climbing a nearly vertical section of rock when she lost her hold, fell about 40 feet and was injured, prompting an hours-long rescue effort, Deschutes Count deputies said.

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Three motorcyclists injured in crash north of La Pine

Three motorcyclists were injured, one seriously, when they crashed and were thrown from their bikes on a curving section of Huntington Road north of La Pine Sunday morning, Deschutes County sheriff’s deputies said.

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String of 3 small Bend brushfires deemed 'suspicious'

Three small but suspicious brushfires broke out on vacant land along roads in various areas of Bend within three hours of each other Saturday night, fire investigators said Sunday as they asked the public for help with any information.

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Drought has varied impact on High Desert streams

With widespread drought affecting Oregon's rivers, streams and fish, NewsChannel 21 decided to take a field trip to three Central Oregon streams to test water temperature with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

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Update: 4 critically injured in head-on crash S. of Sunriver

Five Bend-area residents were injured, four critically, Saturday afternoon in a head-on three-vehicle collision on South Century Drive south of Sunriver, authorities said.

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Teen burglary suspect caught on Bend Bi-Mart roof

An alarm early Sunday brought police to a northeast Bend department store, where they found and arrested a Eugene 18-year-old who allegedly had tried to break in from various points on the roof.

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Better weather gives crews a hand on 15,000-acre SW Oregon fire

Cloud cover with cooler temperatures and higher relative humidity moderated fire behavior on the Stouts Fire east of Canyonville on Sunday, allowing firefighters to make good progress on the fire lines.

Campfire ban imposed on Willamette National Forest

A campfire ban went into effect Saturday across the Willamette National Forest, as officials cited extremely dry conditions in conjunction with current and expected weather forecasts that elevated the potential risk of wildfire throughout the area.

Rocky Wildfire, California

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Thousands evacuated amid California wildfires

California's largest wildfire is spreading quickly, consuming 54,000 acres in three counties and staying active throughout the night -- a time when firefighters typically make progress, a state fire official said Sunday.

The Rocky Fire was only 5% con...

Bat boy injured

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Batboy struck during warmup swing dies

A 9-year-old who was hit with a bat during a baseball game in Kansas over the weekend has died.

Kaiser Carlile, a batboy for the Liberal Bee Jays team, was accidentally struck Saturday at a National Baseball Congress World Series game.

"With the permi...

California firefighter death

US Forest Service

California wildfires torch 134,000 acres

Wildfires engulfing parts of California could intensify Monday, with gusty winds potentially fanning fires caused by lightning strikes.

More than 9,300 firefighters are now battling at least 21 wildfires, according to the California Department of For...

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