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Hwy. 26E reopens near Waterman Complex Fires


Waterman Complex: Highway 26E fully reopened

The over 12,500-acre Waterman Complex of wildfires near Mitchell improved to 80 percent containment Tuesday -- as first one, then both lanes of Hwy. 25E reopened between Prineville and Mitchell for the first time in a week, with some restrictions still in place - headlights on, no stopping.

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Dylan Strasser

New C.O. storms bring more lightning, fires

As predicted – and feared – another batch of strong thunderstorms rumbled north through much of Oregon Tuesday afternoon and evening, raking the state with 11,000 lightning strikes and bringing more than 40 smoke reports on the High Desert that had initial attack crews on the run.

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Behind-the-scenes look at a fire lookout

A lot of people watched the storms roll through Tuesday, and with the high risk of fire, the fire lookouts have an important job. NewsChannel 21’s Samantha O’Connor got a behind-the-scenes look at Lava Butte Lookout.

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Wildfire travel woes ease in Mitchell area

The Waterman Complex Fire closed Highway 26E east of Prineville to Mitchell for several days, but on Tuesday it reopened again, in limited fashion -- one less problem for residents, some of whom also were evacuated or under alert in recent days.

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William Charba

Weather break aids Shaniko Butte firefighters

The weather gave firefighters a break Monday on the 42,500-acre Shaniko Butte Fire on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation, allowing for four miles of burnout on the southern boundary, and just damp enough elsewhere to tamp down fire activity. Here's Tuesday morning's update:

Redmond crew fuels wildfire fight

High Desert fires keep air refueling crews busy

It's not just crews on the ground fighting the wildfires in our area. Some of the biggest help is in the sky. Because of the heightened air attack, it's keeping one Redmond business very busy.

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Senators seek emergency wildfire fighting money

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell were among a dozen U.S. senators who sent a letter to Senate leaders asking for passage of emergency legislation to allocate $615 million for use in fighting wildfires.

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Staff Sgt. Jason van Mourik/Oregon Military Dept.

Logging Unit Fires: Good progress, still much to do

Tuesday morning's update on the Logging Unit Fires that have burned over 10,300 acres, have 735 personnel battling them and are just 5 percent contained; firefighters report excellent progress with line construction; Sidwalter Flat area evacuation alert dropped to Level 1.

Waterman Complex field observations

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Warm Springs updates injury fire engine crash

The dangers of firefighting aren’t solely on the fire lines, a reminder seen Friday in a pair of injury rollover crashes involving vehicles en route to two of the wildfires burning in Central Oregon. One went to a Portland hospital with what Warm Springs officials revealed Tuesday were "serious but none-life-threatening injuries."

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Ochoco Complex update: Progress on the lines

Five Ochoco National Forest fires that escaped initial attack after the July 13 thunderstorm are being managed together as the Ochoco Complex. The fires were 22 percent contained as of Tuesday morning

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