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National Guard Chinook helicopter on Logging Unit Fires

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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.

Redmond Smokejumpers are Central Oregon s elite

They take a dive to save forests and homes

Smokejumping -- it's the kind of firefighting adrenaline junkies fall for. But don't be fooled: This work is no walk in the park.

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Cooler weather aids crews fighting Wash. fire

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Firefighters and local authorities are heartened by weather forecasts that call for continued cooler temperatures and higher humidity as they battle a destructive wildfire that has charred hundreds of square miles in Washington state and is the largest in state history.

Waterman Complex Fire retardant drop


Hwy. 26E set for limited reopening Tuesday

The nearly 12,000-acre Waterman Complex of wildfires near Mitchell moved from 50 to 75 percent containment Monday -- and it was announced that Hwy. 26E east of Prineville will reopen to one lane of traffic Tuesday morning by pilot car.

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C.O. fires update: More storms threaten more fires

Initial attack crews prepared Monday to take on new fire starts as thunderstorms with abundant lightning are anticipated tomorrow in Central Oregon while fire crews on large incidents continue to contain fires started by last week’s lightning.

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Steve Ziel

Bridge 99 Complex update: Burnout conducted

Crews on the Bridge 99 Fire were conducting a successful burnout late Monday of the northwest portion of the fire.

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Shaniko Butte Fire now 75 percent contained

A final burnout planned for Sunday on the 42,500-acre Shaniko Butte was delayed due to uncooperative weather; still, the 42,500-acre fire is 50 percent contained by 540 personnel.

A record year for fires on High Desert

High Desert wildfires: Blazing toward record?

Bend fire experts say wildfire conditions are only likely to get worse, but can't say this season's large and plentiful fires are record-breaking. Yet.

Smokey Skies Help Firefighters Fight Blaze

Wildfire smoke can be helpful (to firefighters)

Smoke is a burning topic on the minds of Central Oregonians. And Monday, Samantha O’Connor went out to Warm Springs to find out more about the haze.

Logging Unit Fires raise evacuation levels

9,500-acre Logging Unit Fires spark evacuation alert

The Logging Unit Fires is a newly established and jointly managed group of nine fires on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation, one of which is threatening dozens of homes.

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