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FreeFire • Washington County • Weather Apr. 15
Friday 'Red Flag Warning' issued for NW Oregon
The National Weather Service issued a red flag warning beginning Friday at 11 a.m. and ending at 10 p.m. the same day for much of northwest Oregon and beyond. Fire officials from the local and state level have been warning for several days now of extreme conditions that could lead to wildfires.
Crime • Tillamook State Forest • South Fork Forest Camp Apr. 15
Escaped South Fork Forest Camp inmate arrested
A man who walked away from a South Fork Forest Camp work crew near the Gales Creek Campground on Wednesday, April 14 is back in custody.
Crime • Tillamook State Forest • South Fork Forest Camp Apr. 14
South Fork Forest Camp inmate escapes custody near Gales Creek Campground
Jedaiah Lunn, a South Fork Forest Camp inmate walked away from a work crew near the Gales Creek Campground Wednesday around 2:30 p.m., the Oregon Department of Corrections said in a press release. Minutes later, a carjacking occurred in the same area.
FreeBanks • Fire • Banks Fire District Apr. 14
Burn ban enacted due to fire danger
Beginning at 12 p.m. Wednesday, all outdoor burning in Forest Grove Fire & Rescue's territory, the Banks Fire District, Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue and beyond will close due to fire danger. Those who start or allow a fire to spread could be on the hook for legal and firefighting costs.
FreeFire • Washington County • Oregon Apr. 14
National Weather Service: 'Unseasonably high fire danger throughout this week'
The Portland office of the National Weather Service issued a "special weather statement" in advance of what the federal agency referred to as "unseasonably high fire danger" expected this week.
Crime • Banks • Police Log Apr. 14
Banks March 2021 Police Log
The March 2021 police log, as presented to the Banks city council on April 13.
Banks • Government • City Council Apr. 14
City council talks zoning, forestry, audits and more at April 13 council meeting
“It’s really hard to get people excited about zoning code amendment packages,” said city attorney Dan Kearns, discussing an upcoming April 27 planning commission public hearing to consider amendments to the Banks Development Code. This and more in city council news.
FreeWashington County • Event • Government Apr. 13
Washington County's Harrington to present 'State of the County' virtually April 19
Kathryn Harrington, the chair of the Washington County Board of Commissioners, will present the annual “State of the County” virtually on Monday, April 19 at 6 p.m.
Fire • ODF • Washington County Apr. 13
Concern over fire danger mounts as April temperatures rise
With a mid-April forecast showing temperatures in the low 80’s, depending on which forecast you read, local and state fire officials are concerned about fire danger.
Tillamook State Forest • Wildfire • ODF Apr. 13
ODF seeks to create clarity, rules when closing state forestland
As wildfires spread across the western portion of the state in September 2020, the Tillamook State Forest and others across the state were declared closed by the Oregon Department of Forestry. Now, the forestry agency is seeking to create a set of permanent rules for implementing a state forest land closure.

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