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Stormy week continues; more lightning fires doused

Fire crews continued to make good progress Thursday as they tackled numerous lightning-caused fire starts from the past two days of thunderstorms -- and await more to come the next few days.

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Lightning continues to spark wildfires in Oregon

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Lightning continues to spark wildfires in Oregon, including two new large fires in the southwest and central parts of the state.

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Fire eases as it approaches Yosemite sequoias

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — Yosemite National Park officials say the section of a wildfire burning two miles from a grove of treasured giant sequoia groves has died down, though it is closer to the grove than initially estimated.

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Wyden lobbies colleagues to fund firefighting

Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., took to the Senate floor Wednesday to press his colleagues on the urgent need to pass an emergency funding bill that would provide additional money to fight catastrophic wildfires ripping through the West.

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Ochoco National Forest lifts large area closure

The Ochoco National Forest announced Wednesday it has rescinded the order that closed a large section of the forest surrounding Big Summit Prairie to the public due to nearby wildfires.

Sneaky fire starters cause concern

Not just lightning: Sneaky fire starters pose risk

Fire officials say human-caused fires, which can often be accidental, tend to burn more acreage than the expected lightning-caused fires.

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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.

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