Redmond sex-abuse suspect was Bend PD courier

A 41-year-old Redmond man arrested on charges of sexually abusing a young girl had been a Bend Police Department volunteer mail courier for nearly three years, but officials said Friday they have no reason to believe he had contact with children in that role.

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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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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.

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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."

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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.

Weed, Calif. wildfire aftermath

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Man charged with starting devastating Weed wildfire

WEED, Calif. (AP) — Police have arrested a Northern California man on suspicion of starting a wildfire that devastated the lumber town of Weed.

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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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Andrea Behnke McVey

Big prescribed burn SE of Bend aims to boost habitat

Fuels specialists on the Bend-Fort Rock Ranger District began on Thursday a 597-acre prescribed burn 14 miles southeast of Bend near Company Butte.

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Prescribed burn planned southeast of Bend

Fuels specialists on the Bend-Fort Rock Ranger District are planning a prescribed burn as early as Tuesday, one mile north of Kelsey Butte near the junction of Forest Roads 1810 and 1814.

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