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Fire Updates: Monday

Klamath Falls, Ore.–  The Canyon Creek Complex Fire is approaching 70,000 acres in size south of John Day… with more residents being told to leave their homes Sunday night as the fire advances. The fire is 23-percent contained. A red flag warning is in effect for the area around the Canyon Creek Complex until...
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Winter Rim Zone Welcomes New Ranger

Klamath Falls, Ore.– There’s a new ranger for a 550-thousand acre swath of land known as the Winter Rim Zone of the Fremont-Winema Nation Forest. Doug McKay is taking over as the leader of the Paisley and Silver Lake Ranger Districts. McCay comes to Eastern Oregon from the Sierra National Forest in California, and has...
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Looking Ahead: Winter Unlikely to Bring Relief

Klamath Falls, Ore.– The one thing the west coast could use right now is a drenching rain… but forecasters say even months down the road… there not likely to be much relief from the drought. The National Weather Service in Medford today issued its winter predictions. For the months of November, December, and January… forecasters...
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Criminal Investigation Underway for Fire in Warm Springs

Klamath Falls, Ore.– A Wildfire on the Warm Springs Reservation is 50-percent contained… and has been mapped at well over 63-thousand acres. Crews are still working to keep the flames away from houses in the area. A Red Flag warning is in effect there until 11:00 Friday night… we have a red flag warning in...
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La Pine Man Dies After Fight, Stabbing

Klamath Falls, Ore.–  Deputies in Deschutes County have identified a La Pine stabbing victim as 46-year old James Joseph Drake Junior. Deputies say there was a fight… Drake 44-year old Mark Patrick Fisher confronted his next door neighbor about dumping wastewater. 54-year old Albert Thomas Reisert, felt threatened… grabbed a knife, and stabbed Drake several times. He...
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National Guard Activated to Help With Fires

Klamath Falls, Ore.–  The Canyon Creek Fire in the John Day area continues to threaten hundreds of homes and businesses this morning. No new perimeter mapping was released overnight… but it was last reported to be more than 53,000 acres. Governor Kate Brown toured the Canyon Creek Command Center on Wednesday… and activated the Oregon...
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Air Quality in the Orange Zone

Klamath Falls, Ore.–  Smoke from Oregon and California fires has pushed the air quality level in the basin to Orange… If you have heart or breathing problems, stay indoors as much as possible, keep young children indoors… and try to avoid exercising outside as well.  Klamath, Lake, and Harney Counties are all under a red flag...
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Governor Brown Suspends Limits on Drivers Hauling Jet Fuel

Klamath Falls, Ore.–  Governor Kate Brown issued an Executive Order Monday declaring a State of Emergency regarding the delivery of jet fuel headed to the front lines to help with fire fighting efforts. The Governor is temporarily lifting restrictions on the number of hours truck drivers can operate, when they’re hauling fuel to airports...
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Free Wildfire Preparedness Publication Available

Klamath Falls, Ore.– The Oregon State University Extension Service/Klamath Basin Research and Extension Center (KBREC) is distributing a free, 24-page guide intended to assist Klamath County landowners and communities with wildfire preparedness.             “Fire-Adapted Communities: The Next Step in Wildfire Preparedness” illustrates how many Klamath County homeowners live within fire-prone areas and what they...
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City Leaders Look to Retail Recruiter to Fill Grocery Gap

Klamath Falls, Ore.– Friday’s announcement that Haggen Markets plans to shut down both of its Klamath Falls locations came as quite a blow to the community… and especially to the more than 130 Basin residents who work at the stores. Klamath Falls City Manger Nathan Cherpeski says the closures didn’t come as a complete surprise...
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