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Wallowa-Whitman easing fire restrictions Thursday

Starting Thursday the Wallowa-Whitman will allow campfires in designated campgrounds and recreation areas, and in the Eagle Cap Wilderness.

Forest officials banned all fires a few weeks ago due to the extreme fire danger.


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Kathy Orr / Baker City Herald The Cornet/Windy Ridge fire burned most of the range for a herd of bighorn sheep that roamed on the north side of the Burnt River Canyon, forcing the sheep to move to areas along the river and to the south.

How Baker County’s Biggest Blaze Affects Deer, Elk, Bighorn Sheep

The biggest wildfire in Baker County history might not prove disastrous for wildlife that live in the burned areas.

But having said that, Brian Ratliff, the state’s lead wildlife biologist in the county, emphasizes that he doesn’t diminish the damage resulting from the 103,000-acre Cornet/Windy Ridge fire in southern Baker County.


Fewer pupils than in 2014

Baker School District enrollment down slightly

Baker School District enrollment has dropped slightly from September 2014 compared with preliminary figures compiled today.


Two more groups of mosquitoes infected with West Nile virus

Two more groups of mosquitoes trapped in Baker County have tested positive for West Nile virus, the Baker Valley Vector Control District said this morning.

That brings the total for 2015 to four “pools” of mosquitoes — each pool consists of 10 to 50 insects.


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