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Jeremy Mason

Storms rake region with lightning; power outage, hunt for fires

A new rash of thunderstorms peppered the High Desert with hundreds of lightning strikes Monday afternoon, apparently triggering a widespread power outage while  dropping heavy rain in many locations that fire bosses hoped would blunt the threat of new wildfires.

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New C. Oregon public lands fire restrictions begin Friday

Given the continued trend of hot and dry conditions, and fire suppression resources already responding to numerous wildfires around Central Oregon, public lands managers are implementing campfire restrictions and further restricting industrial activity, effective later this week.

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Evacuations ordered due to N. Idaho wildfire

ATHOL, Idaho (AP) — A fast-moving wildfire in northern Idaho has prompted authorities to issue mandatory evacuation orders.

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New wildfires burn near Detroit Lake, Burns-Hines

A heavy ground and air assault has slowed a new, 70-acre fire burning in the forested hills above Detroit Lake, allowing ODOT to keep Highway 22 open east of Gates, but holiday-weekend returnees were warned to expect slowdowns due to firefighting efforts; a new blaze near Hines topped 1,000 acres.

Smoke from Niagara Fire shrouds Detroit Lake

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New forest fire burning near Detroit Lake, Highway 22

A forest fire broke out Saturday afternoon in the steep, tree-covered hills over Detroit Lake and within hours was within a mile of state Highway 22, prompting ODOT to urge drivers to use other routes that connect Central Oregon with the Willamette Valley.

Shevlin Fire

Shevlin Fire update: Blaze was human-caused

As crews continued mop-up work Friday, investigators said the 10-acre wildfire that broke out Thursday afternoon along Tumalo Creek in Shevlin Park west of Bend was human-caused.

Sleepy Hollow Fire Wenatchee, Wash.

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Early start to Northwest wildfire season; more danger ahead

SEATTLE (AP) — Predictions of an early wildfire season have come true in the Northwest as low snowpack levels, record warm temperatures and very dry conditions have helped fuel blazes weeks earlier than usual.

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Josh DeFebbo

Big wildfires keep growing; new blaze lined SE of Bend

On a hot holiday Friday for many Central Oregonians, hundreds of firefighters battled near Dayville and south of Clarno, while a small new blaze drew attention late in the day three miles southeast of Bend

Fire camp near Dayville

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Fire near Dayville still growing; new fire south of Clarno

The fast-growing, now nearly 13,000-acre Corner Creek Fire 11 miles south of Dayville has prompted an area closure of trails and campgrounds in and near the Black Canyon Wilderness while sending smoke streaming west and causing hazy skies in Central Oregon, officials said Thursdsay.

Bend fire danger labeled extreme

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Central Oregon fire chiefs boost danger level to 'extreme'

Due to hot and dry weather conditions and the low amount of live fuel moisture, Bend Fire & Rescue and other area fire departments have increased the level of fire danger to "extreme," officials said Thursday -- as a red flag warning was issued for extreme

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