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When Brittyne Elston turned on the hose behind the Saving Grace Pet Adoption center on Wednesday, Zena was ready. The 10-month-old black lab mix bounced around, wagged her tail and chomped the spray of water. Elston filled up a purple kiddie pool for the dog to lay in.

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A fire Wednesday afternoon near milepost 44 of Highway 38, likely caused by a downed power line, burned an acre and a half of land and closed a section of the highway for several hours.

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A fire that started in a travel trailer spread to the surrounding forest near Myrtle Creek and had to be extinguished by multiple fire agencies Sunday evening, according to the Douglas Forest Protective Association.

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In the 1930s, Oregon experienced a series of large, catastrophic forest fires, including what became known as the Tillamook Burn. Beginning at a logging operation in 1933, it eventually burned 355,000 acres.

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After a full week spent fighting fires, The Douglas Forest Protective Association announced it will increase fire danger in the Douglas District to “HIGH,” effective today. On Thursday, the same day as the announcement, crews contained four more fires that broke out in Douglas County.

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Landowners and others who oppose the Jordan Cove Energy Project and Pacific Connector Pipeline said Tuesday a recent decision by the U.S. Department of Energy doesn’t mean the project has a green light to move forward.

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The much-needed moisture that came to the Umpqua Valley this past weekend through Tuesday provided relief, and at least a delay, to what officials in Douglas County feel could be an inevitable water-restriction declaration this summer.

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A federal judge has ruled that opponents of the Pacific Connector Pipeline and Jordan Cove Energy Project have the right to obtain the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s lists of landowners who would be impacted by the project.

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The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission announced Thursday it would deny requests for a rehearing on its decision to approve the Jordan Cove Energy Project.

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Drought conditions in Douglas County and around much of Oregon have helped prompt a meeting with state officials and local county commissioners to discuss a course of action in the coming months.

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Douglas County is set to receive just over $7 million as part of O&C portion of the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act extension, the U.S. Department of the Interior announced Friday.

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In 1970, a group of concerned citizens cam together to commit themselves to bringing clean air and clean water to this country. And now, 50 years later, as we reflect on all we have accomplished in this regard, we also acknowledge the need to address the environmental challenges of today.

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Oregon now has 23 documented wolf packs with the inclusion of the Indigo Pack, a gray wolf pack that has traveled between Lane and Douglas counties and recently had its status upgraded by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

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SALEM — Most Republican lawmakers refused to attend a Tuesday night session of the Oregon House of Representatives amid a slowdown over anger at a sweeping bill on climate change.