Fire crews are combatting six fires that have started on the Umpqua National Forest.
Most of the fires are in the northeastern part of the Diamond Lake Ranger District, spokeswoman Lucero Hernandez said today.Learn more »
A 25-acre fire burning near the southern boundary of Crater Lake National Park was 75 percent contained this morning, fire officials said.
Firefighters had built a line around the Pumice Flat Fire, which was sparked by a lightning strike July 22.Learn more »
Three more Roseburg City Council members have filed or have indicated to City Hall they will run for re-election in November.
Ward 2 Councilor Tom Ryan has submitted the signatures to appear on the general election ballot.Learn more »
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Commercial property owners will have fewer months to repair or remove a damaged building and face stiffer fees under new rules passed by the Roseburg City Council on Monday.
The city hopes the stricter rules will motivate building owners to move quickly to take care of derelict structure, like those that housed Chrome Nightclub and Kuebler’s Furniture.Learn more »
The city of Roseburg’s economic development commission will accept applications to fund tourism-related projects within the city beginning Friday.
Projects must have the objective of attracting visitors to Roseburg. Preference will be given to applications seeking assistance with out-of-area marketing, financing of capital projects related to tourism and projects that promote tourism from October to May.Learn more »
A fire 6 miles east of Sutherlin on Nonpareil Road burned three-quarters of an acre of grass Friday afternoon, according to the Douglas Forest Protective Association.
The fire was reported in a field at 5:15 p.m. The cause of the fire is under investigation.Learn more »
A toddler crashed a Jeep into a Myrtle Creek home and then ran back to his home to watch cartoons, according to police.
Police said the 3-year-old boy, who was wearing only a diaper, climbed into the Jeep Tuesday evening and knocked it out of gear. Witnesses say it rolled down the street, through an intersection and into the house, causing minor damage.Learn more »
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Paul Utz, a laser and electro-optics engineer turned entrepreneur, will be the guest speaker at the July meeting of the Young Entrepreneurs Society.
The meeting is scheduled for 5 p.m. July 30 at The Loft, 950 S.E. Oak St., Roseburg.Learn more »
A 78-year-old man who lost consciousness while driving and crashed near the Stewart Park Duck Ponds on Wednesday was in good condition today at Mercy Medical Center in Roseburg, according to a hospital spokeswoman.
Gordon Carl Mudrow, whose town of residence was not listed by police, was traveling north in the 1600 block of Northwest Stewart Parkway shortly after 11:30 a.m. when he suffered a possible medical emergency, left the street and drove 40 to 50 feet into brush, Roseburg police said.Learn more »
A quarter-mile section of Road 4714 in the Umpqua National Forest will be closed beginning Monday while contractors install a culvert at Milepost 13.7.
Visitors wishing to access Lookout Mountain Trailhead should use Panther Creek Road.Learn more »
A 30-year-old Roseburg man was convicted Wednesday of three counts of first-degree sexual abuse, according to the Douglas County District Attorney’s Office.
Roy Lawrence Phelps was acquitted of second-degree attempted sodomy and second-degree sexual abuse by the same Circuit Court jury.Learn more »
Fire crews were responding this morning to six reports of smoke rising in the Umpqua National Forest and one fire on Douglas Forest Protective Association land near Tiller following a lightning storm Tuesday.
Forest spokeswoman Cheryl Caplan said the majority of strikes were along the crest of the Cascades and Calapooya mountains and south of Tiller. Rain accompanied the storm.Learn more »
Umpqua Watersheds will host its 13th annual youth Wilderness Camp-out at Twin Lakes in the Umpqua National Forest July 25 through 27.
The camp is open to youth ages 12 to 18. Younger children accompanied by an adult may also attend. Adults can also register as participants or volunteers.Learn more »
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A retired Roseburg Forest Products employee, Dennis Hudgins of Myrtle Creek, filed Monday to run for Douglas County commissioner, becoming the fourth candidate vying to complete the final two years of Doug Robertson’s term.
Hudgins listed no prior governmental experience on his candidate’s statement filed with the Douglas County Clerk’s Office.Learn more »
The Douglas County Child Safety Seat Coalition will hold a child safety seat clinic from 1 to 4 p.m. Friday in the parking lot of Ray’s Food Place, 909 S. Main St.
The clinic will teach parents and caregivers how to install and use a child safety seat. Children should be present to ensure the car seat fits.Learn more »
Firefighters extinguished four vegetation fires throughout the county Saturday, with the largest fire burning an acre of grass, brush and trees in Tri City, according to the Douglas Forest Protective Association.
The first fire started at about 3 p.m. on Drain Section Road. Firefighters from the DFPA and North Douglas County Fire & EMS contained the blaze at one-hundredth of an acre, DFPA spokesman Kyle Reed said.Learn more »
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Northbound travelers should brace for slow going between Mileposts 168 and 170 on Interstate 5 Saturday, according to the Oregon Department of Transportation.
Several large potholes have developed on the right side of the highway this week, ODOT said.Learn more »
In-stream work on Upper Jackson Creek along Forest Service Road 2947 will cause delays for drivers on the Tiller Ranger District from Monday through Friday.
Crews will move materials to prepare for an in-stream project.Learn more »
Five more applicants have put their names forward to fill an interim position as Douglas County commissioner, bringing the total to eight.
Commissioner Doug Robertson will step down at the end of July, and commissioners have said they will temporarily fill the position with someone who will not run to serve the final two years of Robertson’s term.Learn more »
The public is invited to help celebrate a new playground at Micelli Park in southeast Roseburg at 1 p.m. on Tuesday.
Improvements include play equipment, picnic tables and benches. There’s also new Turfgrass, irrigation and landscaping.Learn more »
A brown Chihuahua that bit a man riding a bicycle near Stanton Park Road at about 9:30 p.m. Saturday is being sought by Douglas County Animal Control.
Officials say they want to observe the dog. Anyone with information can contact the Douglas County Environmental Health Program at 541-440-3574 or Douglas County Animal Control at 541-440-4471.Learn more »
Faulty exhaust system sparks grass fire near GlideJuly 16, 2014 —
A vehicle’s faulty exhaust system sparked fires that burned about 2 acres of grass and brush Tuesday afternoon, 6 miles northwest of Glide near North Bank Road, according to the Douglas Forest Protective Association.
Firefighters arrived shortly after 2 p.m. to find the fires burning along the road in the North Bank Habitat Management Area, DFPA spokesman Kyle Reed said.
Fire crews remained on scene for several hours securing control lines and mopping up hot spots, he said.
DFPA responded with a bulldozer, helicopter, four engines and an observation aircraft.
The Glide Fire Department assisted.
ROSEBURG: Ward 3 potluck scheduledJuly 16, 2014 —
Ward meeting, potluck set
Roseburg city councilors Bob Cotterell and Victoria Hawks will host a Ward 3 meeting and potluck on July 26 to give citizens a chance to talk about their concerns.
The gathering will begin at 4 p.m. at Hawks’ residence, 2900 W. Oriole Drive.
Persons living in the area south and west of the South Umpqua River out to the city limits are invited to attend. Free hot dogs and lemonade will be served. Those attending are asked to bring side dishes or desserts to share, plus chairs and blankets.
Attendees can learn more about city projects and services, and also sign up to be involved on a citizen advisory committee.
Information: 541-430-0945 or 541-672-2293.
Small fire spotted near Diamond LakeJuly 11, 2014 —
Fire crews and engines responded to a fire Friday that burned one quarter of an acre near Dog Prairie in the Diamond Lake Ranger District.
Personnel stationed at the Illahee Lookout reported smoke in the morning 1.5 miles north of Skookum Lake and 9 miles west of Diamond Lake, an Umpqua National Forest spokeswoman said. Firefighters will remain positioned to respond to smoke reports.
The U.S. Forest Service asks those visiting the forest to be careful with fire. The Umpqua National Forest remains in Industrial Fire Precaution Level I with a moderate fire danger.