• Sunriver, Crescent prescribed burns coming Friday

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    Prescribed burns for Crescent and Sunriver happening today. Learn more here.

    Two prescribed burns are planned in the Deschutes National Forest for Friday. The following is information written by the forest service:

    Crescent prescribed burn

    Firefighters on the Crescent Ranger District plan to conduct a 73-acre prescribed burn approximately seven miles southwest of Crescent, east of Highway 58 and west of Highway 97.

    If conditions remain favorable, firefighters will begin ignitions around 9 a.m. on Friday. Ignitions will last one day. Smoke may be visible to residents in the Two Rivers and Cascade Estates neighborhoods. Signs will be posted along Highways 58 and 97 as needed, and flaggers will be available in the event that smoke impacts the roadways. No…

  • Irrigation districts issue drought declaration request; earliest on record

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    Central Oregon irrigation districts are requesting drought declaration – the earliest on record. Learn more here. BY BROOKE SNAVELY | CENTRAL OREGON DAILY NEWS

    Low snow pack in the mountains and low water levels in the reservoirs are prompting local farmers to request a drought declaration, the earliest on record.

    Eight irrigation districts in our area are seeking the drought declaration, because they don’t expect water storage to improve before summer’s heat sets in.

    Central Oregon farmers and ranchers and the irrigation districts who serve them already know there’s not enough water in the mountains to keep irrigation canals full during the normal growing season, April through October.

    That’s why they are filing drought declarations early.