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New storms bring more C.O. lightning, fires

The last week of July began with a new round of thunderstorms Tuesday afternoon as nearly 800 lightning strikes hit in Deschutes County alone in the span of a few hours, sparking about three-dozen smoke reports around Central Oregon by evening.

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Oregon taps insurance policy to fund firefighting

For the second year in a row, the Oregon Department of Forestry ays it will draw on a catastrophic loss insurance policy to help cover the costs of fighting wildfires.

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Progress on fire that threatened homes near Grants Pass

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — Firefighters have nearly contained a wildfire that threatened seven rural homes in drought-parched woods about 15 miles southwest of Grants Pass.

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Govs urge Congress: Pass wildfire funding bill

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber has joined California Governor Jerry Brown and Washington Governor Jay Inslee in calling for support of the federal Wildfire Disaster Funding Act, to provide the U.S. Forest Service with access to emergency funding for wildfire suppression and protection of programs aimed at reducing wildfire risk.

Special Report Fires not all bad

Special report: Wildfires are not all bad

Wildfires can cause concern about long-term damaging effects on the landscape we call home, but NewsChannel 21’s Samantha O’Connor spoke with some experts who say wildfire can be a good thing.

Ochoco Complex Antler spike camp mess

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Oregon wildfires wind down, but lightning coming

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — Most of the large wildfires burning east of the Cascade Range in Oregon for the past two weeks are at or near containment, but a new round of intense lightning storms is forecast this week.

Fox Fire Ochoco Complex

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Ochoco Complex update: Still nearly 500 on lines

The 2-week-old, over 10,000-acre Ochoco Complex of fires on the Ochoco National Forest was nearly 90 percent contained by Monday, with almost 500 firefighters still on the lines.

Camas Prairie Fire

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Logging Units update: Fires now 80 pct. contained

The 2-week-old, nearly 10,500-acre Logging Unit Fires on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation still have more than 1,200 personnel fighting them, having brought the blazes to 80 percent containment as of Monday.

Bridge 99 incident meteorologist gathering data

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Bridge 99 update: Hatchery, campgrounds reopen

Several campgrounds and the Wizard Falls Fish Hatchery have reopened to the public as crews continue to make solid progress on the 2-week-old, nearly 5,700-acre Bridge 99 Complex of fires 18 miles northwest of Sisters, officials said Monday.

Drone almost blocks N. Calif. firefighting planes

PLYMOUTH, Calif. (AP) — Fire officials say a private drone trying to record footage of a Northern California wildfire nearly hindered their air assault.

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