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Friday September 2, 2011 - Times viewed: 7681
Portland Police are currently searching for 71-year-old Katherine Spielmann, who was reported as a medically endangered missing person, after she went missing from the Portland Goodwill store, at 1943 Southeast 6th Avenue, sometime shortly after 3pm this afternoon, Friday, September 2, 2011. Katherine's husband, who detectives say has been fully cooperating with the investigation, reported that Katherine suffers from a combination of serious medical conditions which, if left untreated, could seriously jeopardize her safety, and which could also cause her to become quite confused. Missing Persons detectives have advised they believe Katherine wandered away, and foul play is not suspected. Missing Persons detectives have activated the "A Child is Missing" emergency reverse phone notification system. ACIM is a service available to law enforcement, which makes a series of automated, pre-recorded phone calls to listed phone numbers in the geographic region where a child or cognitively impaired adult is reported missing. The recording asks that citizens check around their properties and keep an eye out for the missing person. The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office is also assi ...
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Friday September 2, 2011 - Times viewed: 7700
PORTLAND, Oregon - Portland police are trying to determine who tossed several kittens from a moving minivan in north Portland. Other drivers stopped to pick up the animals and take them to the Humane Society on Thursday. The gold minivan drove off. KGW reports that one severely injured kitten had to be euthanized. Two others, now named Penny and Mouse, are recovering. Police say Crime Stoppers is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest. ...
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Friday September 2, 2011 - Times viewed: 7774
PORTLAND, Oregon - A man who killed a woman in a drunken driving crash was sentenced Thursday in Portland to more than 20 years in prison. Multnomah County Circuit Judge Janice Wilson gave Jesse Lee Ream a sentence five years longer than prosecutors recommended because of record of more than two decades of crimes and driving violations, mostly involving alcohol. Ream pleaded guilty to mansla ...

Friday September 2, 2011 - Times viewed: 7706
PENDLETON, Oregon - The state prison at Pendleton says it's operating normally after an inmate brawl and a lockdown. The East Oregonian (http://bit.ly/nkWfb9 ) reported that fighting at Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution began Wednesday afternoon in a dining room and spilled onto the West Compound. Corrections officers said they used pepper spray to break it up and took 13 inmates to the Disciplinary Segregation Unit, known as "the hole." The prison said a few inmates suffered minor injuries. The medium-security prison curtailed visits, work, classes and programs, but said Friday it had returned to its normal operating routines as of midnight. ...
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Friday September 2, 2011 - Times viewed: 7778
On July 29, 2010, Portland Police Cold Case Homicide Unit Detectives arrested 56-year-old Frederick Alvin Richey and charged him with one count of Murder in the 1984 homicide case that took the life of Francis Marie Waites who was 28-years-old at the time of her death. Detectives arrested Richey in Gresham, Oregon and were assisted by the US Marshall's Office during the arrest. Ms. Waites was found murdered in her residence located at 5258 NE 24th Avenue on March 23, 1984. The Medical Examiner's Office determined that Ms. Waites died from multiple stab wounds. Retired Detectives from the Bureau's Cold Case Unit began reviewing this case in 2008 and it was assigned to a primary Detective in 2009. The Oregon State Police Crime Laboratory reported a DNA hit to Detectives in 2009 and investigators followed up on the DNA lead. Yesterday, August 31, 2011, Richey pled no contest to a charge of Murder and will be sentenced on October 7, 2011, by Judge Michael McShane. The Portland Police Bureau Cold Case Homicide Unit is comprised of a Sergeant, four Detectives who are assisted by several retired investigators who volunteer their time and are now working under a Federal gra ...
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Friday September 2, 2011 - Times viewed: 7810
On Friday September 2, 2011, at 12:09 a.m., Portland Police officers assigned to East Precinct responded to the report of a stabbing near Roscoe's Bar, located at Northeast 81st and Stark. Officers arrived and located the victim on the corner of Northeast 81st and Stark. The victim, a male in his 30s, had a single stab wound to the back. The injury is non-life-threatening. The victim was transport ...

Thursday September 1, 2011 - Times viewed: 7843
Oregon transportation officials have reopened a highway through a Native American reservation were wildfires have forced the mandatory evacuation of 18 homes. Firefighters reported progress Wednesday despite gusting winds and announced that a section of the Deschutes River is reopening to rafters and campers. The Oregon Transportation Department said Wednesday night that Highway 26 through the ...

Thursday September 1, 2011 - Times viewed: 7787
YACHATS, Oregon - A woman who unnerved her neighbors by feeding black bears along the Oregon coast and was ordered out of her house has lost her legal fight. She has also changed her mind about feeding wild animals. The state Supreme Court recently turned down 63-year-old Karen Noyes' request for a review. She was convicted in 2009 of chasing and harassing wildlife. A judge ordered her to stay at least seven miles from her house in the central coastal town Yachats for three years. Wildlife officers had warned Noyes not to feed the bears, attracting them to her neighborhood. One neighbor told of finding a black bear coming into her house through the dog door, and another of losing a flock of 60 turkeys after a bear ripped open the barn. In the summer of 2008, four bears were shot and killed in a four-week period after being deemed threats to people. Noyes told The Oregonian she lost her daughter one year and her husband the next, and in 2002 began feeding wildlife. "I had no friends in the area," Noyes wrote to the paper. "I was extremely frightened, and alone, without my family. "When springtime came, I started feeding the birds, chipmunks and squirrels that ...
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Thursday September 1, 2011 - Times viewed: 7749
PORTLAND, Oregon - The killer needed reading glasses Wednesday afternoon to study paperwork to determine how long he'd spend in prison. The difference between taking the deal or risking a guilty verdict if he went to trial came down to a matter of a few years. He debated rolling the dice. Frederick Alvin Richey muttered something and fumbled with the court papers because he was in handcuffs. He leaned back in his chair, pursed his lips and rocked while a Multnomah County Circuit Court judge, the defense attorney and the prosecutor sat patiently, the seconds ticking away on the court's official clock. But after waiting more than 27 years for this moment, everyone could spare a few minutes. The story began on March 22, 1984, when a friend and co-worker of Frances Marie Waites, 28, showed up at her home in the 2400 block of Northeast 24th Avenue. He planned to pick her up for breakfast before they headed to work as auto mechanics. The front door was unlocked. He stepped inside, found her body and called Portland police. Detectives arrived and followed a trail of blood that told a horrifying story: Waites had been stabbed in her bedroom before running through the kitchen ...
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Wednesday August 31, 2011 - Times viewed: 7902
EUGENE, Oregpm - A $1.5 million lawsuit against the Oregon Department of Human Services accuses the agency of failing to prevent the death of Eugene teenager Jeanette Maples. The lawsuit was filed Lane County Circuit Court by Portland lawyer David Paul on behalf of her estate. The 15-year-old was starved and beaten to death in 2009. Her mother, Angela McAnulty, is on death row after pleading guilty to aggravated murder. Her stepfather, Richard McAnulty is serving a life sentence after pleading guilty to murder by abuse. The lawsuit says the agency failed to reasonably respond to reports of abuse. Jeanette was a quiet girl who sat for hours in the library and read books. ought refuge in books at her school's library, tried unsuccessfully to hide her bruises and other injurie. Her friends saw those bruises on her stomach and legs. One classmate, Amber Davis, pressed Jeanette for the truth. "She told me her mom was abusing her when we were in seventh grade," said Davis, 15, one of Jeanette's closest friends during her years at Cascade Middle School. Davis told her parents and school officials about the bruises in 2007. They then contacted the state's child welf ...
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Wednesday August 31, 2011 - Times viewed: 7814
SALEM, Oregon - Health officials say the first mosquitoes of the season with West Nile virus have been detected in the Jordan Valley of Malheur County in Eastern Oregon. Most people most people who get the virus either show no symptoms or have mild, flulike reactions. But a few cases result in more severe illness. Public health officials say precautions against getting bitten include eliminating standing water, staying indoors at dawn and dusk, wearing long pants and shirts with sleeves, and following the directions for using repellents. ...
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Tuesday August 30, 2011 - Times viewed: 7830
WASHINGTON COUNTY, Oregon - A hunter from Beaverton was rescued from a cliff after falling about 150 feet around 2pm yesterday. Jason Henry said he lost his footing while tracking a deer. He was clinging to an old stump on a steep embankment. There was an 80 to 100 foot drop below him. "I went after the deer," said Henry. "Went around the corner, thinking I could get to it, and I slid." "He's a very lucky man," said Storm Smith of the Hillsboro Fire Department. "It's very rough terrain and he's a very fortunate man." "Called the wife ... and called 911," added Henry. A Washington County Sheriff's deputy by the name of Daniel Charter was the first to respond. Charter has patrolled the rural area of Washington County for eight years. "Had dispatch hit his whistle," said Charter. "I could hear the whistle and followed that through the deer trail and I yelled down and he could hear me yelling." A rope rescue team was called in. The team lifted Henry to safety. Authorities pointed to Henry's preparedness as a key to his survival. "He had a whistle with him, all the right gear with him, made it a lot easier to find him," added Charter. ...
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Tuesday August 30, 2011 - Times viewed: 7974
PORTLAND, Oregon - The Secretary of State, Elections Division has determined that Portland Public Schools superintendent and seven other employees have broken the law. ORS 260.432 prohibits public employees from political campaigning while on the job during work hours. Employers may not require public employees to perform work duties related to advocating a candidate or measure. It is illegal for government employees to use public time and money to work on campaign information meant to sway voters. They are charged with attempting to sway voters to approve a huge school construction bond in May. Five complaints were filed with the Secretary of State, Elections Division by Richard Ellmyer, Nathan Dahlin, Jeff Reynolds, William Schneider and Eric Fruits., alleging that Portland Public School employees (public employees) violated ORS 260.432(2) by presenting statements and documents to promote passing of a measure. "I had no idea about whether it'd be a violation or not, I just asked them to take a look at it," said Eric Fruits. He said something didn't seem right about the pamphlet he got in April from Portland Public Schools on the $548 million bond to renovate school build ...
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Monday August 29, 2011 - Times viewed: 7963
GRANTS PASS, Oregon - A couple settled a lawsuit against Josephine County for $1.2 million after they were injured in a fall from a suspension bridge at a bed and breakfast made up of tree houses. The Grants Pass Daily Courier reports (http://bit.ly/ndD1GP) the federal court suit was filed after a 2008 fall at the Out 'n' About Treesort in Takilma. Court records indicate Michelle Buswinka and Maurice Breslin of Kirkland, Wash., their two children and another family member were guests at the resort in July 2008 and were having their picture taken on the bridge. "While holding onto the railing, it suddenly and unexpectedly broke, causing the plaintiffs to pitch forward to the ground, head-first," the complaint said. The county's lawyer, Steve Rich, said its insurance company recently agreed to settle the claim, and the money did not come out of the county's general fund. He said the county didn't admit liability and settled to avoid more litigation. The couple argued the county failed to inspect and issue permits for construction of the bridge; failed to require the design to meet applicable standards; and failed to stop the resort from building structures without insp ...
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Monday August 29, 2011 - Times viewed: 7722
PORTLAND, Oregon - A Portland-area medical marijuana club got busted primarily for charging street prices for a product that is supposed to be donated from grower to patient. But membership fees required by the Wake 'n Bake Cannabis Lounge were also singled out by prosecutors, and that has other clubs worried they could be next. The owner of Wake 'n Bake pleaded guilty to two counts of distribution of marijuana last week. An undercover Washington County Sheriff's Office investigation used a hidden camera to film a whiteboard listing prices for different strains — charging up to $180 an ounce. During plea negotiations, prosecutors maintained that membership fees charged by the club in Aloha were also a violation of the law, a part of the umbrella "distribution of a controlled substance" charges filed against club owner Kathleen Cambron, who was sentenced to probation. Some Oregon law enforcement officers argue that charging membership fees to belong to a medical marijuana club is the equivalent of selling the drug, and say more busts like this one are likely to come. "It's just the tip of the iceberg," said Clatsop County Sheriff Thomas Bergin, president of the Oregon St ...
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Monday August 29, 2011 - Times viewed: 7728
On Sunday August 28, 2011, at 10:42 p.m., Portland Police officers assigned to Central Precinct responded to the report of a stabbing on the MAX platform on Southwest Yamhill Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues. The 9-1-1 caller stated that he'd just stabbed someone and would be waiting for police. Officers and medical personnel arrived and found 32-year-old Jedidiah Sterling lying on the MAX tracks bleeding from a single stab wound to the neck. Citizens were applying pressure to the wound until relieved by medical personnel. Sterling was transported to OHSU where he underwent surgery for his injury. Sterling is expected to survive. The suspect, 48-year-old Stacey James, remained at the scene and was taken into custody. A Swiss Army knife was recovered at the scene. James was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on one count of Assault in the Second Degree. MAX service was disrupted for approximately 2 hours. ...
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Monday August 29, 2011 - Times viewed: 7834
SISTERS, Oregon - Firefighters are close to containing Oregon's biggest wildfire, burning in rangeland west of Fossil, but a new fire has erupted in timber at the crest of the Cascades outside Sisters. Fire officials said Monday the Shadow Lake fire has burned about 350 acres, mostly in the Mount Washington Wilderness, in an area about 15 miles west of Sisters. The fire has been slowed by bur ...

Monday August 29, 2011 - Times viewed: 7792
PORTLAND, Oregon - The class of 2012 will be the first in Oregon with a reading requirement for graduation from high school. But nearly 7,000 seniors have yet to pass the state's test and won't get their diplomas until they do — or until they pass an equivalent test at their schools. Schools have known since last school year which students had failed the test as sophomores. Students can retake the test in their junior and senior years. The percentage of students who haven't passed has shrunk from 29 percent but still stands at 17 percent. The paper says state figures show that 26 large- and medium-size high schools have more than 50 seniors at risk of failing to graduate because of weak reading skills. ...
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Monday August 29, 2011 - Times viewed: 7843
For his spot-on impression of Craig Stadler, Peter Jacobsen filled his shirt with a box of golf balls and walked heel-to-toe to the laughs of the large gallery at Portland Golf Club. The ever-affable Jacobsen used to entertain crowds with his many impersonations as the host of a charity golf tournament that was affectionately known as Peter's Party. On Sunday, the parodies returned in the Umpqua Bank Challenge, Jacobsen's revival of his popular tournament that was a fixture in his hometown for 17 years until 2002. This year's incarnation of the event opened with a "clinic" for fans that included very little instruction. On Monday and Tuesday Jacobsen and several fellow former and current pros play a two-man team better-ball event for a $750,000 purse. Among those in the field for the Umpqua Bank Challenge were Arnold Palmer, John Cook, Ben Crenshaw, Jay Haas, Bernhard Langer, Tom Lehman, Mark O'Meara, Nick Price, Fuzzy Zoeller, Steve Elkington and Scott McCarron. McCarron was a last-minute addition to the field. Ben Crane of Beaverton, Ore., was a "maybe" but claimed a spot into this week's Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston. "Peter Jacobsen has really been ...
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Sunday August 28, 2011 - Times viewed: 8066
PENDLETON, Oregon - An Eastern Oregon wind farm won't have to curb its noise after a county commission decided not to enforce state noise requirements. The county commission, called the Morrow County Court, voted 2-1 that although noise from the Willow Creek wind project exceeds state standards at a few homes, the violations did not warrant enforcement action. "There might be some violations," said Commissioner Ken Grieb, "but we don't think they're significant enough to take action." Morrow County granted the 48-turbine Willow Creek project a permit in 2005. The East Oregonian reports (http://bit.ly/noastW ) outraged neighbors began to complain about the noise from the project soon after. "I'm flabbergasted," said Jim McCandlish, a lawyer for three of the neighbors, after the vote. "The county court has an obligation to protect the health and welfare of its citizens." McCandlish said his clients' constitutional right to due process was being denied, and said the neighbors intend to appeal the decision to Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality wrote and used to enforce the state's industrial noise control regulations. The l ...
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Sunday August 28, 2011 - Times viewed: 7762
PORTLAND, Oregon - Central Oregon wildfires continued to threaten structures near the Warm Springs Reservation on Saturday while state and local agencies fought a series of smaller fires in Eastern Oregon. Fires near the reservation broke out among an area thick with Douglas firs and mixed conifers, fueling the fire to 1,800 acres and threatening people in the reservation's Sidwalter Area, where residents were put on an evacuation alert. Closer to the town of Warm Springs, the Shitike (shi-TIE'-k) fire burned on 1,500 acres, and homes along one of the town's roads were evacuated to provide less congestion during burnout operations. A third fire jumped the Deschutes River and began to burn U.S. Bureau of Land Management land. Smaller fires in Eastern Oregon continued to burn after a series of lightning strikes on Wednesday and Thursday. In the Central Oregon town of Clarno, about 60 miles southeast of The Dalles, lighting caused a series of fires on 18,000 acres that was not contained on Saturday and still threatened about 15 homes and 50 outbuildings. The fires burned on either side of Oregon Route 218 and on both sides of the John Day River. The eastern-most fire ...
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Saturday August 27, 2011 - Times viewed: 7777
PORTLAND, Oregon - A man who drove drunk and killed a woman who was walking her bike across the street will go to prison for five years. The crash happened December 15, 2010. Angela Burke, 26, was walking her bike across Southwest Barbur Boulevard near Hamilton Street around 10:45 p.m. when she was hit and killed by a speeding driver who lost control of his car. The impact was so hard that it threw her 100 feet from the crosswalk that she was walking in. The driver had been going around 75 mph. Pruitt, who was under the influence, told told police he had just split a bottle of wine with his girlfriend over dinner but a report that night said he was also greatly impaired by marijuana. In July, Pruitt reached a plea deal in the case and pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of criminally negligent homicide and DUI, instead of manslaughter. ...
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Saturday August 27, 2011 - Times viewed: 8887
ROCKAWAY BEACH - A Rockaway Beach police officer accused of encouraging child sex abuse will remain in jail unless he posts a $500,000 bail, a judge ruled Friday. Aaron Clark is a Rockaway Beach police officer and the former varsity softball coach for Neah-Kah-Nie High School. He is charged with requesting and receiving a nude photo of a then-14-year-old female player, and subsequently destroying the girl's iPod from which the message was sent. His wife, Jennifer Clark, is also charged with attempting to hide evidence in the case. Judge Eric Butterfield, a visiting judge from Washington County, did not lower the security amount as request by the defense. Clark remains in the Tillamook County Jail on charges of using a child in a display of sexually explicit conduct, a Class A felony and Measure 11 offense; encouraging child sexual abuse in the second degree, a Class C felony; and tampering with physical evidence, a Class A misdemeanor. Clatsop County District Attorney Joshua Marquis, who has been brought in as a special prosecutor, said Aaron Clark had "formed an attachment" with the 14-year-old. According to Marquis, on May 13, Jennifer Clark found out about the nude p ...
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Saturday August 27, 2011 - Times viewed: 7910
PORTLAND, Oregon — For years, Florida was a joke to Oregonians and among craft beer lovers. "The wasteland" is what Ben Davis said it often was called. For perspective, Portland, Ore., had about as many breweries in its city limits as Florida had in the entire state. Joey Redner became a fan of craft beer during a 1994 trip to Portland. "I spent the rest of my time in Florida trying to find those beers and failing," Redner said. "And then you start getting into home brewing because you think, 'Oh, well I'll just make it myself.'" He also kept an eye on the market and when he felt interest was growing in Florida for craft beer, he hired brewer Wayne Wambles, who shared his interest in creative recipes. When a friend gave Redner a taste of a beer that had been aged with Spanish cedar — the wood used to wrap and box cigars — he knew it was an idea worth stealing. The aroma and flavor instantly reminded the then avid home brewer of his hometown's historic Ybor City and the hand-rolled cigars Tampa is famous for. And he knew that if he ever owned a brewery, his beer needed to evoke the same memories. "It just blew me away because when I smelled it, it was like wa ...
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Friday August 26, 2011 - Times viewed: 7688
SALEM, Oregon — Oregon's tax collections will be down nearly $200 million from projections for the two-year state budget cycle that has just begun. The latest forecast from state economists, released to lawmakers on Friday, is unlikely to require any immediate cuts in government spending because it's early in the budget cycle, and because lawmakers budgeted significant reserves in case income f ...

Saturday August 27, 2011 - Times viewed: 7773
Firefighters are battling nine major lightning-ignited fires covering a total of more than 20,000 acres in Eastern Oregon. A Warm Springs Fire Management spokesman says 35 fires are burning on the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs reservation alone. Northwest Interagency Coordination Center spokesman Mark Morrow says lightning was reported across the northwestern corner of the state, but no major fires had erupted by late afternoon Friday. Though dozens of small fires are burning on the Umpqua and Willamette national forests, none had grown to more than a few acres. The biggest of the range fires is the Hancock complex, burning across more than 13,000 acre west of Fossil. That fire forced evacuation of the Hancock Field Station when it broke out Wednesday night and threatened 60 structures, only 15 of which were considered livable. The station is no longer threatened. ...
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Saturday August 27, 2011 - Times viewed: 7669
CANYON CITY, Oregon - Authorities in Eastern Oregon are looking for a 36-year-old man accused of raping a 12-year-old girl. Sheriff Glenn Palmer of Grant County says the warrant for John Edward Williams Jr. specifies charges of sex abuse, kidnapping and rape. Palmer says the crimes were reported on Wednesday, when Williams was last seen in Eastern Oregon. The sheriff says information from a ...

Friday August 26, 2011 - Times viewed: 7701
SALEM, Oregon - Police say they've recovered a box containing a woman's ashes that was stolen in a home burglary. However, the thief remains at large. The ashes were found Thursday in an impounded 1986 Ford pickup that police think was involved in another burglary that occurred about the same time as the ashes were stolen Tuesday. Jackie Megert had pleaded for the return of her mother's a ...

Friday August 26, 2011 - Times viewed: 7684
PORTLAND, Oregon - Oregon environmental authorities are encouraging people to irrigate with the water drained from sinks, showers and laundry — known as graywater. The Oregon Environmental Quality Commission on Thursday approved rules governing permits for graywater systems, which will be offered starting next spring. The idea of using soapy water for irrigation has been around awhile, but it was prohibited in Oregon. The Legislature approved the practice in 2009, but until now there were no rules to govern it. Commissioner Donalda Dodson says they want to encourage as many people as possible to use graywater as a resource, instead of a waste, because of increasing demand for water. ...
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Friday August 26, 2011 - Times viewed: 7896
While states along the East Coast prepare for a possible hit by Hurricane Irene, the Northwestern U.S. is battling widespread, lightning-caused wildfires. A lightning storm in central Oregon started about 150 fires. "The Umpqua National Forest could get pretty active because of the number of strikes there," Northwest Interagency Fire Coordination Center spokesperson Mark Morrow said, The Oregonian reported Thursday evening. The weather is not helping the situation either. There are patterns of hot, dry weather with afternoon storms. "Any time you have storms, it's not just the lightning that's the problem, it's the wind they're producing," National Weather Service meteorologist Joe Lester said, the AP reported. "It's going to be an issue we have to keep watching through the weekend and into early next week." Also, a lightning storm started a fire in Montana on Sunday, which has spread across the state and over to Idaho and Wyoming. Fire conditions rose to critical Thursday. The "Hole in the Wall Fire" is 50 percent contained and 5,764 acres have been burned, Montana's KULR8.com reported Thursday evening. "Saddle Complex Fire grows to 21,152 acres. Red flag ...
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