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Latest round of storms brings more fires to fight

Central Oregon fire crews responded Wednesday to numerous blazes sparked by Tuesday's lightning, while a new round of thunderstorms rumbled north through the High Desert and ignited still more new fires in what promises to be a busy, stormy week.

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Wyden lobbies colleagues to fund firefighting

Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., took to the Senate floor Wednesday to press his colleagues on the urgent need to pass an emergency funding bill that would provide additional money to fight catastrophic wildfires ripping through the West.

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Ochoco National Forest lifts large area closure

The Ochoco National Forest announced Wednesday it has rescinded the order that closed a large section of the forest surrounding Big Summit Prairie to the public due to nearby wildfires.

Sneaky fire starters cause concern

Not just lightning: Sneaky fire starters pose risk

Fire officials say human-caused fires, which can often be accidental, tend to burn more acreage than the expected lightning-caused fires.

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Oregon taps insurance policy to fund firefighting

For the second year in a row, the Oregon Department of Forestry ays it will draw on a catastrophic loss insurance policy to help cover the costs of fighting wildfires.

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Progress on fire that threatened homes near Grants Pass

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — Firefighters have nearly contained a wildfire that threatened seven rural homes in drought-parched woods about 15 miles southwest of Grants Pass.

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Govs urge Congress: Pass wildfire funding bill

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber has joined California Governor Jerry Brown and Washington Governor Jay Inslee in calling for support of the federal Wildfire Disaster Funding Act, to provide the U.S. Forest Service with access to emergency funding for wildfire suppression and protection of programs aimed at reducing wildfire risk.

Special Report Fires not all bad

Special report: Wildfires are not all bad

Wildfires can cause concern about long-term damaging effects on the landscape we call home, but NewsChannel 21’s Samantha O’Connor spoke with some experts who say wildfire can be a good thing.

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Oregon wildfires wind down, but lightning coming

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — Most of the large wildfires burning east of the Cascade Range in Oregon for the past two weeks are at or near containment, but a new round of intense lightning storms is forecast this week.

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Ochoco Complex update: Still nearly 500 on lines

The 2-week-old, over 10,000-acre Ochoco Complex of fires on the Ochoco National Forest was nearly 90 percent contained by Monday, with almost 500 firefighters still on the lines.

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