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Take precautions when wildfire ash falls on fruits and vegetables

Fruits and vegetables in the garden that have been showered with ash from wildfires should be safe to consume, according to Oregon State University Extension Service experts. 11 more words

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Air quality is finally improving in Salem and across the state

After days of suffering through hazardous air quality, Salem residents woke Friday to air that was merely unhealthy. Just over a quarter inch of rain fell overnight at Salem Airport, helping clear dense smoke that had lodged in the Willamette Valley after Labor Day fires swept through the  the Cascades. 12 more words

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Cafe 22 West fined for failure to protect workers from COVID-19

West Salem restaurant Cafe 22 West has been cited and fined by Oregon’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration for failing to take sufficient measures to protect employees from COVID-19. 20 more words

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Oregon coronavirus updates: 195 new cases reported

Oregon posted its highest number of new cases of COVID-19 this week with 195 on Wednesday, bringing the state to 29,850 total cases.

There were 23 new cases announced in Marion County, and the county has had 4,309 total cases. 8 more words

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Four fish die-offs reported in Salem area, including Minto-Brown park

Wildlife officials are investigating four fish die-offs reported in the Mid-Willamette Valley, including at the Oxbow Slough in Salem’s Minto-Brown Island Park.

Officials are unsure what caused the die-offs and said they couldn’t rule out the nearby wildfires that brought heavy smoke and ash to the area. 11 more words

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Oregon wildfires: Snapshot of active fires burning around the state

Wildfires have burned nearly 989,000 acres across Oregon, but containment for many of the largest fires has grown as winds have died down.

The Almeda Fire south of Medford, which killed four people and destroyed 100 homes, is now fully contained. 11 more words

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Oregon wildfires: Gov. Brown visits Beachie Creek Fire frontline; fire destroys 470 homes

Gov. Kate Brown visited the frontline of the Beachie Creek Fire Wednesday, stopping in Lyons and Gates.

Brown received a briefing from the fire crews at the Beachie Creek Command Post, met with National Guard members at highway checkpoints and visited the Team 13 Incident Command Post in Gates, which had burned down while crews worked to protect homes and evacuate residents. 11 more words

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