Officials: Deschutes Co. Jail inmate did not appear suicidal

A Portland martial arts instructor and sex abuse suspect who died in an apparent suicide early Sunday at the Deschutes County Jail had been given a mental health evaluation, but did not appear to be suicidal, officials said Monday.

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S. Calif. wildfire harbinger of Oregon's fire season

A wildfire 35 miles southeast of downtown Los Angeles heeds a warning to Oregonians as the summer fire season approaches, officials warned Thursday.

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More burns planned on Deschutes National Forest

Beginning Thursday and continuing Friday, Deschutes National Forest fuels specialists plan to ignite several prescribed burns, starting in the southern portion near the Two Rivers North subdivision, then moving north to the Sunriver area and Camp Sherman/Metolius Meadows on Friday.

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Prescribed burns planned on Deschutes Natl. Forest

Beginning Friday and continuing for the next several days, fuels specialists intend to begin burning about 430 acres near Highway 31 southeast of La Pine in the vicinity of Hole-in-the-Ground; other burns are planned near the Two Rivers North subdivision and Fox Butte

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Oregon decides to buy costlier wildfire insurance

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — The state of Oregon has decided to continue buying insurance against the cost of fighting wildfires, even though it comes at a much higher premium and deductible.

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Prescribed burns planned on Ochoco NF

Fire managers on the Ochoco National Forest plan to ignite prescribed burn units about 15 miles east of Paulina and in the Maury Mountains over the coming weeks,  as weather conditions allow.

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Central Oregon fire chiefs to halt outdoor burning May 1

Due to low snowpack, lack of rainfall and early season warming, all debris, commercial and agricultural burning in areas protected by Deschutes County Rural Fire Protection District #2 will be banned effective May 1st for the duration of fire season, officials said Monday.

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Report: 13,000 Deschutes Co. homes at high wildfire risk

Nearly 900,000 homes across 13 Western states - including nearly 13,000 in Deschutes County - are designed at high or very high risk for wildfire damage, according to CoreLogic, a property information and analysis company.,

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2,700 Oregon inmates hit fire lines in 2014

Each year, the Oregon Department of Corrections and Department of Forestry team up to select and train inmates to dispatch to wildfires, and more than 2,700 were on the lines during this year's busy fire season, officials said Tuesday.

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Winter outlook: Warm and dry, or cold and wet?

Making a seasonal forecast for the winter is always a tricky and difficult task. There are many variables that may have a significant impact on a region’s outlook.

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Amid fall weather, forests start pile-burning

As fall weather brings more moisture, shorter days and cooler temperatures, fuels specialists are beginning to burn piles across Central Oregon, officials said Thursday.

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