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Massive smoke cloud from Willamette NF wildfire

After a fairly calm few weeks on the wildfire front for Central Oregon, thousands of residents were alarmed to see a massive cloud of smoke blowing into the region late Wednesday -- but as it turns out, it was from the Deception Fire burning fiercely about 70 miles to the southwest on the Willamette National Forest.

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Oregon hunters warned: Beware of fire danger

With wildfire danger still high and hunting season looming (deer and elk archery seasons kick off Saturday, the message from state forestry officials is clear: “Be part of the solution, not the problem.”

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Oregon wildfire season fading? Not so fast

Dry lightning potential may fade as fall approaches, but human-caused fires still threaten as dry conditions continue over much of Oregon, the state Department of Forestry warned Monday.

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Wildfire threatens 500 northern California homes

WEAVERVILLE, Calif. (AP) — State officials say a fast-growing wildfire near the Northern California town of Weaverville is threatening about 520 homes and businesses.

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Small actions can reduce wildfire risks

SEATTLE (AP) — As wildfires burn hundreds of homes and thousands of square miles across the West, fire experts say simple actions like clearing brush around a home or removing pine needles from decks could make the difference in whether a house survives or burns to the ground.

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Warm Springs woman admits sparking 51,000-acre wildfire

A Warm Springs woman who admitted tossing a lit firework out of a car last summer to create some work for her bored firefighter friends -- igniting a wildfire that eventually blackened over 51,000 acres and forced evacuations -- is due for sentencing Sept. 3, prosecutors said Friday.

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Fire danger forces outdoor concert to move

The Deschutes National Forest said Friday it canceled the event called “Wedding in the Woods” that organizers planned near Cultus Lake Resort due to extreme fire danger in the area and ongoing public use restrictions. The organizer found a new location in Bend to hold it, officials said later.

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Forest Service seeks more firefighting money

The High Desert has been getting a cooldown welcomed by many, but fire season is far from over. The long and heavy fire season in the Pacific Northwest is, however, burning through the federal budget allotted to it.

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Two area closures lifted as wildfires contained

Two area closures around fires near Cultus Lake and the John Day River were lifted Tuesday as firefighters continue to make progress on the remaining blazes in Central Oregon, officials said.

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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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