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Central Oregon fire bosses hope the devastating wildfires in New Mexico and Colorado will serve as a wake up call here.  Katie Lighthall with a prevention program called Project Wildfire says it could happen here, and draws a comparison to the landscape in Colorado and in Central Oregon.  "Its similar because coming off the mountains we've got pine trees, lodge pole, beetle kill, similar in that we have forests, that are a dry mixed conifer (on the west side) and so its also overstocked because there hasn't been a fire there in 100 years.  And so it hasn't been cleaned out so we are due for a fire here that could get big and ugly really fast."  The fast moving fire in Colorado has burned more than 100 structures, affected hundred's of families and is even responsible for one death.  A 72 year old woman died when her cabin burned down.  Emergency officials say they called her but don't know if she got the message.

 

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Jones Road, full road closure between Bennington Lane and NE Butler Market Road. May 18 – August 18, local access only.
 

 

Orion Drive closed in two locations for sewer work; at the intersection with Avery Lane and between Desert Woods Drive and King Hezekiah Way.  From July 11 to Sept. 6. Detours marked.

 

Valhalla Sewer Relocation Project, Mt. Washington Drive at Shevlin Park Road intersection and North to Regency Street. Nighttime closures with detours marked during roundabout construction. Daytime closures for construction towards Regency Street.    7 p.m. – 7 a.m., July 11 – November.

 
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