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Lightning rakes C.O., initial attack crews busy

As thunderstorms lingered for a second day Wednesday, Central Oregon's initial attack crews were busy finding and dousing the dozens of small new fire starts reported from Tuesday's hundreds of lightning strikes across the area and 12,000-plus statewide.

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Rain aids, mapping trims Shaniko Butte Fire

A mixed blessing from the new storms as the Shaniko Butte Fire received a quarter-inch of rain Tuesday -- but the storm also hit the Warm Springs Reservation area with 900 lightning strikes. Here's Wednesday's update.

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Logging Unit Fire update: 1,100 firefighters, 20 pct. contained

Wednesday morning's update on the Logging Unit Fires shows  that they have burned 10,350 acres, have 1,100 personnel battling them and are now 20 percent contained:

Madras track coach arrested on sex abuse

Second HS coach sex scandal rocks Madras

A second coach-related sex scandal hit Madras High School in just eight months as a track coach was arrested Monday.

Evacuees prepare to head back

Last Marks Creek evacuation notices lifted

The Waterman Complex Fire closed Highway 26E east of Prineville to Mitchell for several days, but on Tuesday it reopened again, in limited fashion -- one less problem for residents. And Wednesday morning came word the week-old Marks Creek evacuation notice was lifted.

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Obama declares Wash. wildfire emergency

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Wetter, cooler weather has helped firefighters make progress in their efforts to get the largest wildfire in Washington state's history under control.

Busy days at fire lookout

Behind-the-scenes look at a fire lookout

A lot of people watched the storms roll through Tuesday, and with the high risk of fire, the fire lookouts have an important job. NewsChannel 21’s Samantha O’Connor got a behind-the-scenes look at Lava Butte Lookout.

Mitchell gets cellphone boost

Fire brings smoke - and cell service - to Mitchell

The Wheeler County town of Mitchell, population 130 or so, is the closest community to the Waterman Complex fire. It's an area so rural that it doesn't even have cellphone service. That is, until now -- and only for now.

6-yr old attacked by dog dog remains free

Dog attacks girl, 6, at Ochoco Reservoir, still free

"It bit me and scratched me and bit me a few more times," 6-year old Kaylee said. It is a day she will not forget. Kaylee and her family were at the Ochoco Reservoir when a dog attacked her.

Redmond crew fuels wildfire fight

High Desert fires keep air refueling crews busy

It's not just crews on the ground fighting the wildfires in our area. Some of the biggest help is in the sky. Because of the heightened air attack, it's keeping one Redmond business very busy.

Tel Aviv airport

U.S. extends ban on flights into Tel Aviv

The Federal Aviation Administration extended its ban Wednesday on U.S. airlines' flights to and from Tel Aviv, Israel, for another 24 hours.

The ban now runs through 12:15 p.m. ET Thursday.

"The agency is working closely with the government of Israel t...

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'Pristine' original Superman comic up for auction

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Superman's debut comic book sold for just 10 cents in 1938. But today, a rare original is worth many times more.

'Glee's' Naya Rivera is married

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"Glee" star Naya Rivera is now Mrs. Ryan Dorsey.

'Batman' TV series to be freed from belfry at San Diego Comic-Con

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One of the big panels at this year's San Diego Comic Con this week isn't about an upcoming superhero movie, but a major video release of a classic television series.

'Game of Thrones' star takes on British airline

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Don't mess with a Stark. Maisie Williams, who plays Arya Stark on HBO's hit series "Game of Thrones," got into a row on Twitter with British Airways.

'Downton Abbey': When you'll see Season 5

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After the New Year, it'll be "Downton Abbey" season.

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