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MERLIN — A warming drying trend has begun in the Rum Creek Fire area after a low-pressure system brought almost a half-inch of rain to the fire area  located in Josephine County this past week.

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Administrators of the Roseburg Forest Products Community Relief Fund have expanded ways in which survivors of the Mill Fire may submit applications for financial assistance to cover immediate needs such as temporary housing, transportation, food, clothing and medical issues.

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As schools start up again, it means a whole new class will be eligible to enroll in Every Kid Outdoors, a federal program which provides free access to National Forests, National Parks and other public lands to fourth graders and their families.

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The Umpqua Valley Audubon Society and City of Roseburg planned events throughout September to welcome the Vaux’s swifts back to the chimney at The Clay Place near the Umpqua Valley Arts Center on West Harvard Avenue. But now that the birds have decided to roost at a different chimney during …

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UPDATE (11:30 a.m. Thursday): The association has responded to more than a dozen fires sparked by Wednesday's electrical storm, the largest of which is the Bear Mountain Fire near Spur Mountain and Callahan Road west of Roseburg. The Bear Mountain Fire was estimated at 2.5 acres.

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The growth of the 1,046-acre Windigo Fire and the 167-acre Potter Fire remained minimal Friday, according to a report issued Saturday by Northwest Incident Management Team 6.