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Crews being released from wildfire in Maury Mtns.

Firefighters on the 48-acre Ferguson Springs Fire, about nine miles southeast of Prineville Reservoir, are slowly being released as containment is now at 90 percent, officials said Thursday.

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Report: Firefighting costs eroding conservation

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is detailing the toll that the escalating cost of fighting forest fires has had on other projects as it pushes Congress to overhaul how it pays for the most severe blazes.

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New wildfires emerge in thunderstorms' wake

About 30 new smoke reports have come in to the Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center over the last 24 hours as a result of Sunday's thunderstorms, and while most have been stopped at less than an acre, crews were fighting two Tuesday.

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Wildfire picture quiets down, but danger remains

Few reports have come in for new fire starts over the last 24 hours, the Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center reported Sunday, but the fire danger remains high.

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Group claims climate change fueling costly wildfires

As firefighters continue to battle wildfires around the West, a group of scientists is claiming that climate change is fueling the costly blazes and the costs of fighting them.

Wildfire managers: Drones a threat to firefighters

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Wildfire managers say unmanned drones flying over wildfires could lead to firefighter injuries and force retardant bombers to be called off.

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Fire season delays Redmond Airport runway project

A two-year, two-phase project to rebuild the aging main runway at Redmond Municipal Airport is set to begin later this month, officials said; on Thursday, we talked with airport Director Jeff Trip about what will be happening, and why -- including a full closure of the airport next summer.

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Pole Creek Fire still zero-percent contained

More heavy winds pushed the day-old Pole Creek Fire southwest of Sisters to 4,300 acres on Monday, officials said late in the day – but fortunately, winds were pushing the fire primarily into the Three Sisters Wilderness, not toward populated areas; Tuesday morning update released.

Lines hold on La Pine wildfire despite winds' return

Firefighters worked Sunday to hold and improve the lines on the 168-acre Burgess Road Fire near La Pine and officials said it didn’t grow, with full containment expected at 8 p.m.

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Light rain helps firefighters corral wildfires

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — Lightning is forecast to continue over north-central Oregon, but storms are likely to include heavy rain that is moderating the danger of large new wildfires.

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