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Fire dangers close Morgan Lake

La Grande Parks and Recreation decided to close Morgan Lake Friday morning due to extreme fire danger.

LGFD preparing for competition in stairclimb challenge

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Capt. Stanley Grove and Capt. Tyson Botts and firefighters Tracy Harris, Merle Laci, Dusty Alam and Nick Rilatt will compete in the seventh annual Portland Firefighter Stairclimb Challenge, Climb for a Cure, at the U.S. Bancorp Tower on Sept. 27. (Courtesy photo)
The La Grande Fire Department is sending six firefighters — Capt. Stanley Grove and Capt. Tyson Botts and firefighters Tracy Harris, Merle Laci, Dusty Alam and Nick Rilatt — to compete in the seventh annual Portland Firefighter Stairclimb Challenge, Climb for a Cure, at the U.S. Bancorp Tower on Sept. 27. 

BRIEFLY: GRA registration still open another week

There is one week left to register for Grande Ronde Academy, and the classes are nearly full. The school has a 16-1 student-teacher ratio in each class. GRA is a K-8th grade private Christian school located at 507B Palmer Ave. in the Valley Fellowship facility. Currently 57 students are registered for the 2015-2016 school year. For more information, call 541-975-1147 or go to www.granderondeacademy.org.

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

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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


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