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Local fire crews are starting to gear up and train for what may be one of the worst fire seasons in years. BLM spokesperson Lisa Clark says the dry conditions from last year in Eastern Oregon are still with us,  and they are more extreme, and have spread to Central Oregon.

 

She also says Federal budget cuts will *not* impact crews or equipment for fighting those wildfires.

 

"You know fire suppression is a little different - emergency response is always going to happen- we have helicopters -3 here in central oregon - repell crew - hotshots and smoke jumpers - air tankers and bringing on season firefighters right about now - we are gearing up for the summer and are ready for anything that happens here in Central Oregon."

 

Last year, Southeastern Oregon saw a dramatic fire season, with massive range fires. This year, that same prediction and weather outlook has been extended to Central Oregon.

Help Puerto Rico

Most organizations are asking for cash, rather than supplies, so they can route help to where it’s needed most more quickly. Here are some of the largest groups with campaigns underway:

 

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  • Click on the link for the latest conditions on the mountain passes.

 

  • Intersection of NW Broadway Street and NW Delaware for waterline replacement project, road closures with detours clearly marked for thru traffic, 7 a.m. – 4 p.m. daily with roads opened nightly. Motorists are encouraged to avoid this area and use Bond Street and Wall Street.

 

  • Nels Anderson Road between Nels Anderson Place and Brandis Court, single northbound shoulder closure will be in effect, two-way traffic to be maintained. Project completion expected December 2017.