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McKenzie Fire & Rescue logoMcKenzie Fire/Rescue was dispatched at 2:20 a.m. on August 13th to a structure fire at 45309 McKenzie Highway.

1933 Studebaker RegalLEABURG: It’s that time again for the McKenzie Art Festival. The 12th annual festival is still held in Leaburg at the Fire and Training Center on August 17th and 18th; from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. with free admission, food, music, raffle, classic cars and, of course, art.

ODF logoThe lightning-caused Cascade Division Complex is burning approximately 14 miles northwest of Sisters in steep terrain above the Metolius Basin.

Carmen Smith generatorsMCKENZIE BRIDGE: Changes in the power market will likely impact plans for major upgrades at the Eugene Water & Electric Board’s Trail Bridge Dam.

Sky mapBy eNature
The annual Perseid meteor shower should be visible in the night sky for the next few nights, with the peak expected this Saturday night/Sunday morning through Sunday night/Monday morning.

USFS press releaseFirefighters are responding to several dozen small fires across the Willamette National Forest. Thunderstorms that occurred over the past two days produced over 2,000 lightning strikes.

Motorhome wreckA Eugene-area woman is facing multiple charges after a stalled motorhome she was operating on Sunday evening rolled down an embankment as some of its occupants were trying to push it off Highway 126 east of Vida. The vehicle flipped on its top, injuring at least four people.
The accident occurred on August 4th at approximately 7:00 p.m., when Oregon State Police (OSP) received a report of a possible DUII driver operating an older model motorhome traveling along the highway near Nimrod.

USFS Road 15Closure on Forest Service Road 15 begins Monday.

Road 15, also known as Blue River Reservoir Road, will be closed to thru traffic at milepost 8 beginning on Monday, August 12th, due to road work. The closure could last up to 30 days, however, thru travel may be available on evenings and weekends to help meet the needs of recreationists. The closure will be just east of the intersection of Forest Service Road 15 with Forest Service Road 1513 (Quentin Creek Road). Visitors will still have access to sites on either side of the closure, but no thru traffic will be allowed during construction activities.

 

 

Overall weather, smoke, and fire situation throughout Oregon.  The upper low that has provided lightning and some moisture over the state since Tuesday night will continue to provide showers and thundershowers today and through the weekend.  Moisture from these events should be the most prevalent and widespread over the state today and tomorrow.  The greatest amounts will be over the mountainous areas of the Cascades and eastern Oregon with lightest amounts in the western valleys and coast.  Nevertheless, fire activity should be suppressed over the weekend from the moist

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