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HAY FEVER rolls into town
Donations of 250 tons of hay roll in to town for displaced livestock.

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FEMA provides funds to fight Canyon Creek Complex fire

SEATTLE — The Federal Emergency Management Agency has authorized the use of federal funds to help with firefighting costs for the Canyon Creek Complex Fire.

FEMA Region X Regional Administrator Kenneth D. Murphy determined that the fire...

Young Tiger team sets goals high
Young Tiger team sets goals high
Dayville/Monument Tigers are young, but hopeful for good season.
British firefighters learn American techniques
British firefighters learn American techniques

JOHN DAY – A firefighting contingent from Great Britain visited the Canyon Creek Complex last week to learn how the United States manages large complex incidents.

Five career firefighters from Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, working for...

Forest advisory committee member sought
Northeast Oregon Forest Advisory Committee members are being sought.
Sharing ‘Love on a Leash’
Sharing ‘Love on a Leash’
Therapy dogs bring healing to fireline.
Educators share priorities for school year
Educators share priorities for school year
Grant School District No. 3 administrators – three of them in new positions – share their priorities for the school year.
Between day and night: The fire never stops
Between day and night: The fire never stops

JOHN DAY — Shift change is a critical time for firefighters combating the Canyon Creek Complex fire.

It’s when vital information on fire behavior, trouble spots and weather conditions is transferred between day and night...

Rebuilding after the fire
Those whose homes were destroyed or damaged by the Canyon Creek Complex fire can get help in the rebuilding process by contacting the Grant County Planning Department.
Quilt show canceled
Organizers announce this year's quilt show, set for Sept. 11-13, has been canceled.
Cops & Courts
Here's a look at this week's law enforcement logs.
Pet and livestock supplies donated for fire victims
Pet and livestock supplies donated for fire victims

JOHN DAY — Pets that have been affected by the Canyon Creek Complex fire aren’t being forgotten.

An estimated $35,000 in monetary donations and pet supplies have been given to New Hope for Eastern Oregon Animals, a local animal...

Improving weather helps, but fire continues to spread

JOHN DAY — Better weather conditions caused Canyon Creek Complex fire activity to moderate through the night, and fire crews were able to make progress in their efforts to strengthen fire lines. 

Six new fire crews, including two...

School buses, trucks bring donations from Sandy
School buses, trucks bring donations from Sandy
A nine-vehicle convoy, filled with donations, arrived at the Grant County Fairgrounds Saturday.
Threat to Prairie City greatly reduced

PRAIRIE CITY — Prairie City residents suffered through some scary moments Saturday as the Canyon Creek Complex fire, fanned by high winds, bore down on the city and evacuation orders were issued for parts of the town.

But fire crews...

Power lines safe for now

Although the Canyon Creek wildfire advanced and narrowly missed Prairie City Saturday, Oregon Trail Electric Co-op power lines are, for the immediate foreseeable future, out of harm’s way, according to company officials.

“If the...

Two more homes and guest house destroyed in fire
Morning rain arrives at the right time to help firefighters.
Convoy of vehicles leaves Prairie City
Convoy of vehicles leaves Prairie City

PRAIRIE CITY — Prairie City took on a surreal appearance Saturday as a convoy of cars, pickups and trailers packed with personal belongings headed west to escape the advancing Canyon Creek Complex fire.

Parts of the city were ordered to...

Prairie City evacuations reduced to Level 2

PRAIRIE CITY — All of Prairie City is now under a Level 2 or “be ready to leave at a moment’s notice” evacuation order.

Parts of the city early this morning were put on a Level 3 or “leave immediately”...

Fire halted within 1.5 miles of Prairie City

PRAIRIE CITY — Flames got within a half mile of the Art Morgan Road and within 1.5 miles southwest of Prairie City and into Shaw Gulch Saturday before fire crews were able to halt the fire.

Evacuation levels, however, remain the...

‘Leave immediately’ order issued for much of Prairie City
‘Leave immediately’ order issued for much of Prairie City

PRAIRIE CITY — Prairie City residents began pouring out of town early Saturday morning after Grant County Sheriff Glenn Palmer issued an evacuation order.

A steady stream of vehicles was heading west, as rain mixed with ash fell on the...

7:30 a.m. update: Prairie City empties as fire approaches
7:30 a.m. update: Prairie City empties as fire approaches

Severe winds, above 45 mph, have fueled another advance of the Canyon Creek Complex, putting the town of Prairie City in danger.

At 7:30 a.m. Saturday, a steady stream of residents both in the Level 3 mandatory evacuation areas and the...

Rare wind storm threatens to push fire out of wilderness
Rare wind storm threatens to push fire out of wilderness

By Tim Trainor

Blue Mountain Eagle

Fire officials are being forced to make another stand against the destructive and unpredictable Canyon Creek Complex fire as a rare August wind storm is set to arrive Saturday.

Weather forecasters...

National Guard crews head to the hills
National Guard crews head to the hills

For the first time since 2002, Oregon National Guard crews are working fire lines in the state.

About 120 men and women split into six crews to pound through ground that had already been scorched by the Canyon Creek Complex fires more than a...

Fire crews worry about stronger southwest winds due tonight

Canyon Creek Complex fire crews are worried about stronger southwest winds beginning this evening and into tomorrow.

Hot and dry conditions, along with an unstable air mass, will persist. Residents should anticipate smoke columns and active fire...

Strawberry Lake, campground within three miles of fire lines

The Canyon Creek Complex fire is less than three miles from the Strawberry Lake basin, but Oregon National Guard troops are working to keep it away from an iconic piece of Eastern Oregon’s wilderness.

Stefanie Gatchell, a public...

Canyon Creek Complex fire jumps 11,311 acres, one building lost

The Canyon Creek Complex fire jumped to 85,960 acres, an increase of 11,311 acres from Wednesday.

The 134-square-mile fire is 44 percent contained.

Grant County Sheriff Glenn Palmer confirmed this morning one building, not a main dwelling,...

Canyon Creek Complex update, timeline
Canyon Creek Complex update, timeline

This is the timeline for the days following the initial outbreak of the Canyon Creek Complex fire:

Donations pour into Fairgrounds Relief Center for victims of wildfire
Donations pour into Fairgrounds Relief Center for victims of wildfire
Donations continue to come in at the relief center located at the Pavilion at the Grant County Fairgrounds in John Day.
Old West fund swells to nearly $50,000

JOHN DAY — Donations to Old West Federal Credit Union’s fund for Canyon Creek Complex fire victims have been pouring in.

According to Ken Olsen, Old West CEO, the Community Fire Relief Fund total was “just shy of...

Firefighters work to contain Canyon Creek, two other fires
Firefighters work to contain Canyon Creek, two other fires

This is the timeline for the days following the initial outbreak of the Canyon Creek Complex fire: