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The newest Central Oregon fire, the Alder Springs Fire about five miles southwest of Culver, has now consumed over 1500 acres.  The fire was first reported early Thursday afternoon, and Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch spokesman Bill Queen says the firefighters' early attack prevented the fire from reaching any structures. He says although today's weather was hot again, winds do not be an issue and weekend weather should be helpful. "Winds don't appear to be what's contributing to the overall growth of the fire. Unseasonably high temperatures and low relative humidity and associated dry fuels. that's what's really contributing to the growth of the fire. We do expect more normal weather to move into the area on Sunday as a passing cold front, which would being cooler temperatures and a chance of showers being forecasted." Currently, Forest Road 6360 is closed as well as the Alder Springs Trailhead and trail.

 
About 180 firefighters are on the scene and Valerie Reed with C.O.O.D says there is about a 40% containment at nightfall. She says crews will attempt a 100 foot mop up 100 feet from the line.
 
A much welcome cold front is due to move into our area by Sunday afternoon, not only bringing relief for firefighters, but possible some rain to help with the fight.
 
 
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Jones Road, full road closure between Bennington Lane and NE Butler Market Road. May 18 – August 18, local access only.
 

Oregon State University off-site improvements for intersection reconstruction, July 11 – August 3,    7 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., at intersection of Chandler Avenue and Yates Drive.

 

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.

 

R.A.B. Construction:

Powell Butte Highway at Neff and Alfalfa Market Roads (8/31)

 
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