Tag Archives: Oregon

Prison Sentence in Oregon’s Sweet Creek Fire

10 years and restitution     MAPLETON, Ore. (AP) — A man who started a fire west of Eugene near Mapleton in August will serve 10 years in prison. Elias Pendergrass, of Mapleton was sentenced on Wednesday after pleading guilty ...

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Health Issues as Wildfire Smoke Hits Millions in U.S.

Spike in emergency room visits     By MATTHEW BROWN and CAMILLE FASSETT The Associated Press SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) — Wildfires churning out dense plumes of smoke as they scorch huge swaths of the U.S. West Coast have exposed ...

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Oregon Relaxes Asbestos Rules to Speed Wildfire Cleanup

Suspension of fees among the changes     SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon officials are relaxing some requirements for handling ash and debris containing asbestos to speed work in removing debris from homes and buildings destroyed by wildfires. The Oregon ...

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Baby Yoda Boosts Spirits on Western Wildfire Lines

Kind donation from a five-year-old has an online following     By AMANDA LEE MYERS Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Beleaguered firefighters in the western United States have a new force on their side: Baby Yoda. A 5-year-old Oregon ...

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Wildfires Taint West Coast Vineyards with Taste of Smoke

Some wineries are not accepting grapes unless they have been tested for smoke taint     By ANDREW SELSKY Associated Press TURNER, Ore. (AP) — Smoke from the West Coast wildfires has tainted grapes in some of the nation’s most ...

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Oregon Misstated Evacuation Figures in Chaos of Wildfires

500,000 down to 40,000     SALEM, Ore. (AP) — As wildfires raged across Oregon, state officials sent out a statement saying 500,000 people had been evacuated to escape encroaching flames. The figure referenced in the Sept. 10 news release ...

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Heavy Equipment Operator Found Dead at Oregon’s Archie Creek Fire

Elsbury Jr. had been running a skidder to help protect structures     Wildland Firefighter GLIDE, Oregon – KPIC reports that a heavy equipment operator helping fight the Archie Creek Fire was found dead Friday morning in his vehicle, according ...

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Wildfires Wipe Out Natural Places in Oregon

Grief over environmental loss     By GILLIAN FLACCUS Associated Press DETROIT LAKE, Ore. (AP) — Oregonians are grieving the loss of some of their most treasured natural places after wildfires wiped out campgrounds, hot springs and wooded retreats that ...

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Oregon Wildfire Death Toll Increases to Nine

Five people are listed as missing     By SARA CLINE Associated Press/Report for America SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The number of fatalities from Oregon’s recent wildfires has increased to nine people, the state’s Office of Emergency Management confirmed Monday. ...

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Firefighters Battle Exhaustion and Wildfires

Many trying to protect where they live     By LINDSAY WHITEHURST Associated Press BEAVERCREEK, Ore. (AP) — They work 50 hours at a stretch and sleep on gymnasium floors. Exploding trees shower them with embers. They lose track of ...

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