Oregon Department of Forestry

Wildfire Agencies Make Plans To Coordinate Better

After nearly a week of fighting dozens of lightning-caused fires, agencies in several levels of government announced plans to better coordinate the firefighting.

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JPR Live Session: Michael Rault

Michael Rault ’s second full-length, It’s A New Day Tonight , has its home in the darkness, like much rock and roll—many of its songs look at nocturnal activities, particularly sleep. “ Sleeping and dreaming were attractive concepts, ” says Rault. “ I was looking for an escape from a lot of frustrating and dissatisfying conditions in my day-to-day life. ”

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ICE Detainees Cast New Light On Conditions Inside Oregon Prison

Thoughts of suicide, hours of confinement and denial of medical care are among the complaints outlined in new federal court documents from immigration detainees being held at the Sheridan Federal Correctional Institution in Sheridan, Oregon. I feel bad. I get depressed. I have thought about taking my life because I had never been locked up, said one detainee, identified in court documents as ICE Detainee No. 3. On Wednesday, Oregon's federal public defender filed five habeas corpus petitions...

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Can 'Moneyball' Fix How The West Manages Wildfire?

"Deliberate use of fire, as well as control of wildfires, must be an integral part of the planning process. Thomas C. Nelson, Deputy Forest Service Chief, in 1979. The U.S. government spent a record $2.9 billion fighting wildfires last year. This year is shaping up to be another costly fire season. It doesnt have to be that way. Up against pressure from politicians and the public, risk-averse bureaucracies drive their fire managers to spend millions of dollars suppressing wildfires that pose...

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Andrew Bowen for Capital Public Radio

How Helpful Is The California Democratic Party’s Endorsement Of Kevin De León Over Dianne Feinstein?

California state Sen. Kevin de León got a boost over the weekend in his underdog campaign to unseat U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein this fall: an endorsement from the state Democratic Party.

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UPDATE (July 19, 5:21 p.m. PT) — The Substation Fire burning east of The Dalles, Oregon, is now the nation's top priority fire. That means it's first in line for national fire resources as needed and available.

"This adds more people and tools to the 217 firefighters who are currently out here, and that's representing 73 fire agencies across our state," said Stefan Myers with the Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office.

The fire, which started Tuesday, has burned more than 50,000 acres as of Thursday afternoon. It has also led to one civilian fatality.

Thoughts of suicide, hours of confinement and denial of medical care are among the complaints outlined in new federal court documents from immigration detainees being held at the Sheridan Federal Correctional Institution in Sheridan, Oregon.

“I feel bad. I get depressed. I have thought about taking my life because I had never been locked up,” said one detainee, identified in court documents as ICE Detainee No. 3.

Attorneys for 21 youths suing the government moved Wednesday to drop President Donald Trump from their climate change lawsuit. This was during a two hour hearing at the Eugene federal courthouse before Judge Ann Aiken. 

A ban on campfires and open flames was announced by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department Thursday. This just a day after Governor Kate Brown declared a statewide wildfire emergency.

Oregon Department of Forestry

After nearly a week of fighting dozens of lightning-caused fires, agencies in several levels of government announced plans to better coordinate the firefighting.

Geoffrey Riley

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality extended an air quality alert for parts of southern Oregon in both time and space.  Now DEQ tells residents in parts of six counties to expect smoke through the weekend.

Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest

The flock of fires started by lightning on July 15th continue to roar into adulthood, one or two at a time.

Andrew Bowen for Capital Public Radio

California state Sen. Kevin de León got a boost over the weekend in his underdog campaign to unseat U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein this fall: an endorsement from the state Democratic Party.

Geoffrey Riley/JPR News

Smoke from the July 15th lightning fires is having an impact on the region's air quality.  It's a typical situation, just earlier than usual in the year. 

More than a year after a landslide shut it down, a section of Highway 1 running along a coastal stretch in California's Big Sur region reopened early Wednesday.

The California Department of Transportation announced that the roadway at Mud Creek was opening about two months ahead of schedule, thanks to favorable weather and worker productivity.

"It's a big deal to open the highway unrestricted," Colin Jones, a Caltrans spokesman told NPR.

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