Sunburn Dangers

(CNN) — What makes sunshine cause cancer? Too much of the sun’s UV rays can damage our skin’s DNA causing some parts to literally get glued together and malfunction. If this happens over and over again, this can lead to cancer. “Anything that causes DNA damage is a carcinogen, which means it causes cancer,” said … Continue reading »

Wildfires Burning in Oregon, California

Here is a list of some of the fires burning in Oregon and California with acreage, containment levels, location and any evacuations you need to be aware of as of Wednesday morning. The Beaver Complex containing  The Oregon Gulch Fire – Cascade-Siskiyou Nat’l Monument – 36,568 acres – 35% contained – Lightning caused The Salt Creek Fire – Wimer – 155 … Continue reading »

Wildfire Smoke Causes Hazy Skies

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Lane County residents might notice a bit of a haze in the sky because of wildfires burning in southern Oregon and even northern California. The Lane Regional Air Protection Agency (LRAPA) says most people don’t need to worry. Air quality is still in the good range, even though the smoke is causing … Continue reading »

Drought-Resistant Gardens Paying Off

ASHLAND, Ore – The Ashland Public Works Department has signed up more than 40 homes in its lawn replacement program, as more homeowners attempt to cut down on water use during the current drought conditions. Ashland launched the program in June and reimburses homeowners who replace their traditional grass lawn with drought-resistant landscaping, including bark … Continue reading »

25 Acres Burning Inside Crater Lake Park

CRATER LAKE NATIONAL PARK, Ore. — The Pumice Fire is burning 25 acres inside Crater Lake National Park as of Tuesday morning and there is no containment at this time. According to officials at Crater Lake, on July 22, the park received numerous lightning strikes. On July 28, at about 11:15 a.m. a fire was … Continue reading »

Ferguson Fire Burning at 200 Acres

NEAR BEATTY, Ore. — Two structures have been lost to the Ferguson Fire burning about 30 miles east of Klamath Falls, and five miles north of Beatty. South Central Oregon Incident Management Team reports six structures are still threatened by the fire. The fire is currently at 200 acres and is 20 percent contained. The … Continue reading »

Lawmakers Work on Wildfire Funding

MEDFORD, Ore. — The hundreds of thousands of acres burning in Oregon and Washington has prompted lawmakers to take action. Senator Ron Wyden is working with Idaho Senator Mike Carpo to secure more than $600 million of funding from the supplemental funding to this year’s fire season. Senator Wyden is also pushing to allow the … Continue reading »

Heat Impacts Fruits and Vegetables

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — The hot weather mixed with severe drought conditions is impacting fruits and vegetables in the Rogue Valley. With the hot sun beating down on crops across southern Oregon, one might think the crops would be dried up, but farmers said with the proper irrigation, some of their crops are even being … Continue reading »

Governor Declares State of Emergency

MEDFORD, Ore. — A state of emergency has been verbally declared in Oregon by Governor Kitzhaber due to the severe fire season. The governor’s office says the emergency declaration enables the Oregon National Guard to mobilize resources on an as-needed basis to assist fire crews in the state. While no large wildfires are currently burning … Continue reading »

California Okays Fines for Wasting Water

(CNN) — California is cracking down on water wasters during the severe drought. Lawmakers approved a new set of emergency rules Tuesday. Anyone repeatedly caught wasting water on landscaping, car washing, hosing down sidewalks could face fines of up to $500 a day. Local law enforcement will enforce the fines. Water used tied to public … Continue reading »

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