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New thunderstorms bring more lightning, fires

A new round of thunderstorms surged northward through Central Oregon Tuesday afternoon, peppering the region with lightning strikes and resulting in nine new smoke reports by evening. Rain and cooler temperatures aided initial attack crews in their efforts.

Waterman Complex Fire retardant drop

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Highway 26E reopens in limited fashion

The over 12,500-acre Waterman Complex of wildfires near Mitchell moved from 50 to 75 percent containment Monday -- and on Tuesday morning, Hwy. 26E east of Prineville reopened to traffic for the first time in a week - but to one just lane, guided by pilot car. Marks Creek is under a reduced Level 1 pre-evacuation notice.

Avitrol use is ruffling feathers

Pest repellent sickens, kills NE Bend birds

The roof of the Prestige Senior Living High Desert facility is littered with Avitrol, a bird repellent used by licensed pest control agencies. The repellent can cause seizures to birds, often in mid-flight.  And during last week’s heat wave, it even led to deaths.

Waterman Complex field observations

Waterman Complex Team/InciWeb

Warm Springs updates injury fire engine crash

The dangers of firefighting aren’t solely on the fire lines, a reminder seen Friday in a pair of injury rollover crashes involving vehicles en route to two of the wildfires burning in Central Oregon. One went to a Portland hospital with what Warm Springs officials revealed Tuesday were "serious but none-life-threatening injuries."

Logging unit firefighter

Staff Sgt. Jason van Mourik/Oregon Military Dept.

Logging Unit Fires: Good progress, still much to do

Tuesday morning's update on the Logging Unit Fires that have burned over 10,300 acres, have 735 personnel battling them and are just 5 percent contained; firefighters report excellent progress with line construction; Sidwalter Flat area evacuation alert dropped to Level 1.

Bridge 99 Fire Green Ridge Lookout

Steve Ziel

Bridge 99 Complex: Evacuation levels reduced

Evacuation levels were lowered near the Bridge 99 Fires on Tuesday and two campgrounds reopened.

Marijuana (MGN graphic)

MGN graphic

Oregon pot measure qualifies for November ballot

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon voters will be deciding this year whether to legalize marijuana for recreational use.

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Senators seek emergency wildfire fighting money

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell were among a dozen U.S. senators who sent a letter to Senate leaders asking for passage of emergency legislation to allocate $615 million for use in fighting wildfires.

National Guard Chinook helicopter on Logging Unit Fires

Staff Sgt. Jason Van Mourik/U.S. Army

Guard air crews join Northwest wildfire battles

Aircrews from the Wyoming Air National Guard’s 153rd Airlift Wing, who fly C-130 Hercules aircraft equipped with the Modular Airborne Firefighting System, are among the latest National Guard members to join in the response to wildfires in Oregon and Washington state.

Shaniko Butte sunset William Charba

William Charba

Weather break aids Shaniko Butte firefighters

The weather gave firefighters a break Monday on the 42,500-acre Shaniko Butte Fire on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation, allowing for four miles of burnout on the southern boundary, and just damp enough elsewhere to tamp down fire activity. Here's Tuesday morning's update:

Pro Russian separatists at MH17 site debris

REUTERS/Maxim Zmeyev

Ukraine: A Russian downed MH17

Did a Russian fire the missile that downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17? That depends on who you ask.

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Robert Downey Jr.: Highest-paid actor (again)

Robert Downey Jr, Susan Downey

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Robert Downey Jr. is once again the most highly paid actor in Hollywood, according to Forbes magazine.

Tree dedicated to Beatle killed by beetles

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Steve Mathieson

A tree dedicated to the memory of Beatle George Harrison, whose solo career included the hit "What is Life," has met a grisly end to its life from the jaws of voracious bark beetles.

Casey Kasem's remains flown to Canada

Casey Kasem

CNN

Casey Kasem's body was flown to Canada a month after he died, a funeral home director told CNN Tuesday.

Ray J Norwood charged with sexual battery

Ray J Norwood

REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi

Ray J Norwood has been charged with four misdemeanors in a case in which he's accused of grabbing a woman's buttocks, smashing a police car window and spitting on a cop.

Cops to Justin Bieber: Tone down the parties

Justin Bieber, March 2014

REUTERS/Miami Beach Police Dept./Handout via Reuters

Beverly Hills police want Justin Bieber to "take the bull by the horns" and tone down his house parties.

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