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Grizzly Bear Complex fires grow 2,000 acres

The Grizzly Bear Complex fires, which forced evacuations in the Troy area Thursday, grew by 2,000 acres Saturday.

Eagle Complex fires now 5 percent contained

Firefighters are beginning to make progress against the Eagle Complex fires, 10 miles east of Medical Springs.

Gov. Brown to activate 250 additional National Guard members for wildfires

SALEM — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown announced today she is activating 250 additional Oregon National Guard members for on-the-ground support to fight wildfires.

Air quality update for northeast Oregon

 The smoky conditions in northeast Oregon will remain in place through the weekend and into Monday, according to Air resource advisor Greg Johnson.

Grizzly Bear Fire Complex Update

The Grizzly Bear Complex a fire started August 13 — located in both Oregon and Washington, burning on Umatilla National Forest and private land — has now burned 59,150 acres.

Fire forces evacuation

Evidence of the Grizzly Bear Complex fires could easily be seen from Elgin where a huge cloud of smoke was easily visible. The fire has burned 24,150 acres as of Friday morning. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
TROY — The tiny hunting-fishing community of Troy in far northern Wallowa County survived a brush with disaster Thursday night when the fast-approaching Grizzly Bear Complex fire came within a half mile but skipped the town.

Police make arrest in arson

Circuit court program coming

A new program, which is slowly being implemented statewide, is allowing circuit courts to enter into the digital age and forego stacks of papers in the office.

BRIEFLY: Union City Council will meet Monday

The Union City Council will meet Monday at city hall for a work session at 5  p.m.  and a meeting  at 6 p.m. 

Fire danger prompts closure of Morgan Lake

Morgan Lake is closed due to extreme fire danger effective immediately, according to a Friday morning press release from the La Grande Parks and Recreation Department.  

Troy under evacuation

A Level 3 evacuation notice was issued for Troy and the Eden Bench and Grouse Flat areas in Wallowa County at about 3:15 p.m. this afternoon because of the Grizzly Bear Fire. People receiving Level 3 evacuation notices must leave immediately.

Eagle Complex fires expand

Level 1 evacuation notices issued for Troy

Howells taken into custody

Read more... JOSEPH – Jon D. Howells, 35, was arrested Wednesday following a-day-and-a-half on the run after allegedly assaulting his ex-girlfriend and burning down the hand-hewn log cabin she rented in rural Joseph.  

Locals authorities take over Elgin blaze

Firefighters line Highway 204 earlier this month to keep the flames from jumping the highway. The Phillips Creek Fire today is a far cry from what it was two weeks ago when it posed a serious threat to homes on the northwest edge of Elgin and in an area north of Summerville. (Observer file photo)
ELGIN — Monday was a red letter day in the saga of the fire that terrified the Elgin community earlier this month. 

Cosner leaving Liberty project

Liberty Theatre Foundation Executive Director Chantell Cosner, a 2012 Eastern Oregon University graduate, has accepted a position with Washington State University in Pullman and is set to leave La Grande around the end of the month. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
After three years at the helm of the Liberty Theatre Foundation, the curtains are closing for Executive Director Chantell Cosner.

BRIEFLY: Housing authority board meets Tuesday

The quarterly meeting of the Northeast Oregon Housing Authority Board of Commissioners will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Blue Springs Crossing’s community room, 10801 Walton Road, Island City. 

The meeting is open to the public and is accessible to persons with disabilities. A request for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or for other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made at least 48 hours before the meeting to Audrey Smith at 541-963-5360, ext. 21.

Eagle Complex fires expand

Crime tape surrounds burned home

Read more...  JOSEPH – Firefighters and law enforcement officials including Wallowa County Sheriff Steve Rogers and Joseph Fire Chief Jeffrey Wecks were still on the scene at midday today after a house burned in rural Joseph around 9 p.m. Monday.

Air quality still poor in Union County

Oregon Department of Environmental Quality said there is poor air quality throughout Oregon due to wildfire smoke, including in Union County.

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