Homeless Campers Cited

EUGENE, Ore. — A number of homeless campers faced citations Wednesday morning as Eugene Police cleared a camp on 6th avenue. EPD says homeless campers have been at the site behind the federal courthouse for weeks. About a week ago it issued a notice to vacate the area. Around nine people received citations for refusing … Continue reading »

Deception Complex Impacts Campgrounds

NEAR OAKRIDGE, Ore. — Heavy smoke hung over Oakridge and nearby areas due to the Deception Complex wildfire Sunday. While fire crews are making progress containing the blaze during the weekend, that smoke is causing many many people to change their holiday plans, but others decided to carry out their weekend plans. The Deception Complex … Continue reading »

Keeping Safe When Outdoors for Labor Day

CLEVELAND, Ohio. — For many people Labor Day weekend is just a work day away, and that means it’s almost time to hit the trails. If you plan on going camping this weekend, experts say, make sure you’re prepared. A University of Texas panel recently put together recommendations on how to best treat wilderness wounds. … Continue reading »

Douglas County Fire Restrictions

ROSEBURG, Ore. — More than 35 million Americans will hit the road for the upcoming holiday weekend the unofficial end to summer, but there are some restrictions in place if you plan on heading to area forests. The continuing hot and dry conditions have caused the Douglas Forest Protection Association raised the fire danger level … Continue reading »

Staying Safe While Camping

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Don’t let the warm summer weather fool you, especially if you’re heading out camping. Thunder and lightning storms could happen at any time, depending where you camp. Staff at Cabela’s in Springfield say summer, especially now, is high time for camping. And with storms popping up all over, it’s important that people … Continue reading »

Forest Adjusts Fire Restrictions

ROSEBURG, Ore. – The Umpqua National Forest removed public use restrictions on campfires, smoking, chainsaw use and the use of other internal combustion engines Wednesday. Officials say the change in weather and fuels allowed for the end of public use restrictions. The fire danger level in the Umpqua National Forest remains high, so visitors are … Continue reading »

OPRD Proposes Higher Camp Space Prices

EUGENE, Ore. — People taking their RVs out to camp in Oregon might have to spend a little more money next summer. Oregon Parks and Recreation Department is proposing to raise rates at the most popular State Park campgrounds. If the proposal is approved by the Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission, the rate for … Continue reading »

Oregon Country Fair’s Economic Impact

VENETA, Ore. — Every year, huge crowds descend upon this small town to enjoy the Oregon Country Fair. How does this influx of visitors affect the local economy? “There’s not a lot of impact to the city directly,” says Shauna Hartz, finance director for the City of Veneta. Hartz says that most of the $20,000 … Continue reading »

Memorial Day Campers Stay Close to Home

VENETA, Ore. — The wet weather didn’t put a damper on people looking to take advantage of the three-day weekend. Lane County campgrounds were packed by people who chose to get away for Memorial Day by pitching a tent close to home. Some call it a staycation; when it feels far away from home, but … Continue reading »

Reward Offered in Vandalism Case

ROSEBURG, Ore. — The Umpqua National Forest and the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians are offering a reward in hopes of arresting those responsible for vandalism at a campground. On Sunday, severe damage to the meadow was discovered by District Ranger Donna Owens at the South Umpqua Falls Campground. “It appears a … Continue reading »

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