Two Bulls Fire 70% Contained

BEND, Ore. — The reward to find those responsible for starting the Two Bulls Fire near Bend continues to grow. At last check, it’s nearly $37,000. The fire is now 70 percent contained, and all evacuation notices and alerts have been lifted. The cost of fighting that fire is up to $4.9 million.

Two Bulls Fire: 55% Contained Thursday

Bend, Ore. — Fire crews have passed the half-way point in containment efforts of the Two Bulls Fire, burning west of Bend. According to the Central Oregon Fire Information Center website, the wildfire is 55% contained as of Thursday morning. Crews say that means the fire will not grow larger that its current 6,908-acre size. … Continue reading »

Illegal Burning Could Cost You

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Although Wednesday kicks off the start of fire season in Douglas County on DFPA lands, fire season is still not under way on ODF protected lands. On Monday, the burn ban in Lane County begins, meaning home owners could rack up hefty fines for illegal burning. Once fire season starts, the use … Continue reading »

Governor Declares Drought Emergency

JOSEPHINE COUNTY, Ore. – Governor Kitzhaber declared a drought emergency for Josephine County Monday. Kitzhaber made it official after the commissioner’s request last spring. The state council then weighed the request by considering current water conditions, future forecasts and agriculture impacts, and then made recommendations. This allows the state to prioritize use of water for human … Continue reading »

Finding Allergy Season Relief

EUGENE, Ore. — It could be weeks until allergy sufferers see some relief as warm stagnant air hovers over the Willamette Valley. But there are ways to help with the itchy, watery eyes, and the sniffles and sneezes. Allergists with the Oregon Allergy Associates say besides using over-the-counter medications, you can use saline nasal sprays … Continue reading »

Start to 2014 Fire Season

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. – Southern Oregon is entering a fire season, which some say could be the worst one in the region’s history. Brian Ballou with the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) said Monday he expects an active fire season, similar to last year. In fact, the season is starting just one day before last year’s, … Continue reading »

Forecasting From Above

EUGENE, Ore. — Have you ever wondered where weather observations come from? Meteorologist Marisa Woloszyn shows where observations are recorded on the ground and in the air.

Wildfire Watch

EUGENE, Ore.– There are only 30 days left until summer officially begins and as we wrap up spring, this roller coaster year leaves us with one main question: Will this summer be as harsh as last year? Meteorologist Melissa Frey dives into the current drought conditions, what effect a dry winter and wet spring might … Continue reading »

Season of Change

EUGENE, Ore. — We spent most of 2013 in what’s nicknames a “La Nada” or neutral pattern. It’s not especially wet or especially dry. But changes in seas surface temperatures and computer modeling indicate a shift to an “El Nino” pattern over the next six months. Oregon Climate Service’s Deputy Director, Kathie Dello, explains what … Continue reading »

Drought Leaves Couple High and Dry

TULARE COUNTY, Calif. (CNN) — For nearly two months, an elderly couple in Tulare County, California has had no running water in their home. The couple’s family installed water tanks, which they fill several times a week, but it’s certainly not enough. This is now Carmen Almanza’s daily routine. “It gets dirty, but then it’s … Continue reading »

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