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Aided by the return of cooler temperatures and rainfall, today marks the end of fire season for the Umpqua National Forest and lands protected by the Douglas Forest Protective Association.

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The Bureau of Land Management Roseburg District revised the emergency closure of public lands near the Horse Prairie Fire between Riddle and Camas Valley. The closure is limited to the fire perimeter.

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The Bureau of Land Management Roseburg District revised the emergency closure of public lands near the Horse Prairie Fire between Riddle and Camas Valley. The closure is limited to the fire perimeter.

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The Douglas Forest Protective Association worked with landowners over the weekend to safely complete prescribed agricultural burns in the Umpqua Valley.

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The Umpqua North Complex fires in the Umpqua National Forest have grown to 43,139 acres and have remained 38 percent contained as of Tuesday morning. The cooler temperatures and rain showers throughout the day Monday and Tuesday night have kept fire behavior minimal.

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Even though the B747-400 SuperTanker can carry almost double the amount of water or fire retardant — almost 20,000 gallons — compared to the next largest SuperTanker, don’t expect to see it fighting fires in Western Oregon anytime soon.

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The Douglas County Sheriff's Office and Umpqua North Fire managers lowered evacuation levels for the Dry Creek Community and Slide Creek area, between mileposts 53 and 56 on Highway 138 East, from Level 2 "Get Set" to Level 1 "Get Ready."

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About 30 lightning strikes hit within one mile of land protected by the Douglas Forest Protective Association Thursday afternoon, when fire crews located and suppressed two new lightning fires. The Diamond Creek Fire nine miles southeast of Tiller was stopped at one-quarter acre and the Ben …

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Along with a photography contest, beer and wine garden, live music and food trucks, this year’s NeighborWorks Umpqua Block Party will feature an opportunity for members of the public to write notes of appreciation for wildland firefighters.

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Evacuation levels dropped for the Horse Prairie fire Wednesday evening as the cooler temperatures, light precipitation and increased relative humidity led Douglas Forest Protective Association to lower fire restrictions for its protected lands.

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“Don’t bite your fingernails because we’re going to need all we have to hold on,” Operations Section Chief Matt Howard told the Oregon Department of Forestry’s incident management team during Monday’s planning meeting for the Horse Prairie Fire. Howard wanted to emphasize the next 24 hours w…

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Smoke from the Horse Prairie Fire has been making some Riddle residents nervous as the fire continues to grow about 12 miles west of Riddle and 8 miles southeast of Camas Valley.