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Fire mapWillamette National Forest - more lightning is expected today. 20 mostly single tree fires by noon 6/27. Moisture and instability moved into much of Oregon overnight and both are headed toward Washington today. This means increasing thunderstorms with new starts likely in both states.

WateringBy Kym Pokorny
The forecast promises high temperatures this summer, so take care to protect plants for the long, hot haul.
“Already this year, I’ve noticed soils are drying out more and sooner than I’ve seen since I moved to Portland eight years ago,” said Weston Miller, a horticulturist with Oregon State University’s Extension Service. “It’s critical to be proactive about watering.”

LEABURG: In April of 2015, the Lane County Sheriff’s Office received several anonymous tips regarding the location of some stolen property as well as people possibly associated with numerous thefts and burglaries. After several weeks of investigation, a large barn was located near the Leaburg Fish Hatchery containing a large amount of property.
After two separate property viewings, a significant amount of items were returned to their owners that had reported thefts and burglaries from the McKenzie River area.

SOUTH CASCADE, WESTERN LANE DISTRICTS TO DECLARE FIRE SEASON JUNE 16

It's already dry, and the heat is on its way. Those two factors prompted the Oregon Department of Forestry's (ODF) Western Lane and South Cascade districts to declare wildfire season starting Tuesday, June 16.

Streambank poolsWALTERVILLE: A campground at Hendricks Wayside?  The rumor caused several people to contact the Lane County Parks Dept. to check it’s accuracy.
It is a future possibility, according to Parks Division Manager Mike Russell. Constructing from 20 to 30 tent and RV sites has been part of a county-wide capital improvement plan for the last four years, Russell notes. Every year the $1.1 million Hendricks campsite proposal goes to the end of the list, due to a lack of funds.

 

 

EWEB to drain Walterville Canal for maintenance                                          

Bird carvingMCKENZIE BRIDGE: Once again, the staff of the McKenzie River Ranger District will be raising funds for a scholarship fund honoring fallen firefighters. Doug Dunbar and 13 other crew members were killed in a tragic fire in Colorado 21 years ago. Doug was a McKenzie High School graduate and the son of Sandy Dunbar and former McKenzie District Ranger, Randy Dunbar.
The scholarship is awarded each year to a college bound senior at the McKenzie High. Doug was fighting fires to help pay his way through college.

 

 

 

 

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McKenzie River Reflections is the weekly newspaper serving Oregon's McKenzie River Valley. Available by mail for $23/yr in Lane County, $29/yr outside Lane. Digital subscriptions are $23/yr. Subscribe at: http://mckenzieriverreflectionsnewspaper.com/catalog/subscriptions-0. Purchase copies online at: http://mckenzieriverreflectionsnewspaper.com/catalog/back-issues-0. Read about area communities including Cedar Flat, Walterville, Camp Creek, Leaburg, Vida, Nimrod, Finn Rock, Blue River, Rainbow and McKenzie Bridge.