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Chainsaw use prohibited and campfires allowed in designated areas


Some restrictions will be implemented beginning Thursday on the Malheur, Umatilla, Wallowa-Whitman Naitonal Forests due to extreme fire danger, the potential for human caused fires and concern for public safety.



Phillips Creek Fire now 5 percent contained

By Dick Mason, The Observer August 04, 2015 07:51 am
The Phillips Creek Fire expanded by about 400 acres Monday but there is encouraging news to report this morning.


UPDATE: Phillips Creek Fire threat growing

By Observer staff August 03, 2015 03:19 pm

Story updated at 5:30 p.m.

The number of homes threatened by the 1,100-acre Phillips Creek Fire is growing.



BRIEFLY: July temps slightly above normal

By Observer staff August 03, 2015 11:38 am

According to preliminary data received by NOAA’s National Weather Service in Pendleton, temperatures in La Grande averaged slightly warmer than normal during the month of July.

The average temperature was 71.1 degrees, which was 1.5 degrees above normal. High temperatures averaged 87.2 degrees, 1.8 degrees above normal. The highest temperature was 99 degrees on July 6. Low temperatures averaged 55.0 degrees, which was 1.2 degrees above normal. The lowest temperature was 45 degrees, on July 28.

On 12 days, the temperature exceeded 90 degrees.

Precipitation totaled 0.69 inches during July, 0.01 inches above normal. Measurable precipitation — at least .01 inch — was received on three days with the heaviest, 0.64 inches reported on July 13.

The highest wind gust was 39 mph, which occurred on the July 8.

The outlook for August from NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center calls for above normal temperatures and near normal precipitation. Normal highs for La Grande during August are 85.7 degrees and normal lows are 52.4 degrees. The 30-year normal precipitation is 0.85 inches.




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