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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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Oregon Dept. of Corrections

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.

Winter Outlook 2014

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.

C.O. Fire Management Service

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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Gary Hooper

State declares end to busy C. Oregon fire season

The Oregon Department of Forestry's Central Oregon District announced Monday that the very busy 2014 wildfire season on state-protected lands will officially come to an end Tuesday morning.

C.O. Fire Management Service

Prescribed burn planned near Davis Lake

On Monday, fuels specialists on the Crescent Ranger District are planning to begin a 188-acre prescribed burn a mile north of Davis Lake near Pine Butte.

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C. Oregon sees 25 escaped camp, warming fires

Over the past few weeks, firefighters on Central Oregon's public lands have responded to 25 escaped campfires or warming fires, prompting a plea for caution -- and to make sure the fire is "dead out."

C.O. Fire Management Service

Prescribed burn planned Friday near Sisters

Fuels specialists on the Sisters Ranger District are planning a 145-acre prescribed burn on Friday, three miles west of Sisters and two miles southwest of Highway 20.

C.O. Fire Management Service

Ochoco NF finishes one burn; another next week

Fire managers successfully completed the remaining 60 acres of the 180-acre Spears Meadow prescribed burn east of Prineville on Thursday.

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Hammack due honor at Fallen Firefighters Memorial

Central Oregon logger John E. Hammack and two other Oregonians will be among the 107 fallen firefighters to be honored at the 2014 National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service, this Sunday.

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